You’d think that an Assistant Attorney General would have to uphold some pretty high standards of ethics—both inside and outside the office. You’d think that he or she would dress sharply, speak well, be courteous (well, at least outside the courtroom), and know better than to stalk, bash, and bully a 21-year-old gay college student.
Apparently Andrew Shirvell didn’t get the memo.
Shirvell, an Assistant Attorney General from Michigan, has been following University of Michigan’s Student Body President, openly gay student Chris Armstrong, like a hawk. Worse, he’s videotaped the young man at his home, set up a website with photo-shopped images of the young man, stalked his Facebook page, protested him loudly, and generally acted like a child undeserving of his title and status.
If you think I’m making this wacko stuff up, just click here to watch Mr. Shirvell in action. What a character.
I’m not contesting Shirvell’s right to free speech here—I’m contesting his behavior as an Assistant Attorney General of the United States. If, say, a teacher were to act in such a manner, he or she would likely be expected to act with a bit more propriety. Senators, teachers, doctors, and plenty of other people object to the “homosexual lifestyle” as they call it, and I think they’re bigots and I don’t agree with what they say, but they have a right to say it.
This man is not doing that. He is launching a full-blown bullying campaign, complete with stalking this young man at his home, that is simply despicable and is probably grounds for harassment or stalking behavior—crimes that Shirvell himself has probably prosecuted before! He’s even calling Armstrong a servant of Satan; I don’t know about you, but I know that I can rest more easily at night knowing that this devil-crier is working in our justice system. I wonder if he also prosecutes women with strange birthmarks who brew herbal tea for their menstrual cramps?
He’s a grown man and he should know better. Maintaining a high-ranking position of civil service gives him an even higher standard to uphold—during his free time or not. If I were Chris Armstrong, I would demand prosecution for libel, stalking, or at least harassment.
If you object to this man’s outrageous behavior and think that it’s inappropriate for the position he holds, you can call and request his resignation at (517) 241- 7093. You can also sign the Change.org petition here.