Spencer Shut Down In Florida

Richard Spencer, white supremacist and head of the National Policy Institute, which has been labeled a hate group by  SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center), was shut down during his white nationalist speech at the University of Florida. The SPLC describes a hate group as a “An organization that, based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities, has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Mr Spencer speaking at the “Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts,” struggled to get his message out, as anti-protesters boos and chanting, drowned him out. The heavily secured arena was patrolled by police in riot gear, and circling helicopters, as authorities tried to prevent another Charolttesville, where violent protest culminated in the killing of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been charged with second degree murder and is awaiting trial. Although university authorities had been asking student to stay away from the event, hundreds showed up, chanting, pounding drums and carrying signs. According to reports about 300 people attended the event. About 700 free tickets were available for the event and were supposed to be distributed outside the venue on a first-come, first-served basis. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Alachua County where the university is located and declared, “A threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” and that law enforcement must defend “public safety and security will be safeguarded and critical infrastructure, and public and private property will be protected.” According to university officials there were two arrest. One for possession of a firearm on school property, and another charged with resisting an officer.

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