He insisted on being arrested after Bill Whatcott was taken into custody:
The pair were at the University with a poster depicting a child killed by abortion and a sign saying ‘sodomy is a sin’. At first Whatcott was asked to leave the campus by campus security accompanied by police. Whatcott responded noting that he had won two court cases (on freedom of speech) adding that “I do believe I have a charter right to speak here.”
During Whatcott’s arrest a couple of students can be heard saying that he deserves freedom of speech. But many others, as the two are led away handcuffed, hoot cheers and clap. Hate messages threatening Whatcott and LaBarbera with death can be read in tweets pointing to coverage of the arrest.
The Regina police report on the incident notes that LaBarbera and Whatcott were charged with mischief for “willfully interfering with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property, to wit: the University of Regina”.
Prior to entering Canada LaBarbera had been targeted by a makeshift group known as “Intolerance Free Weyburn,” which pressured the government to deny him access to the country. LaBarbera was detained at customs for three hours of intensive search of his belongings and computer before being initially denied entrance into Canada. After an appeal the following day he was allowed in to attend his speaking engagement with the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association.