Richard Spencer leaves chaos in his wake Story highlights Three men making Nazi salutes fired at a group of protesters in Gainesville, Florida, police said The men all expressed support for Richard Spencer prior to the incident CNN Police in Florida arrested three men who allegedly made Nazi salutes, repeated Hitler chants and then shot at a group of protesters after white supremacist leader Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida on Thursday. The gunshot narrowly missed the group of six to eight protesters, striking a business behind them, police said. The Fears, who are brothers, spoke to CNN on Thursday prior to the incident about their support for Spencer, the white supremacist leader of the "alt-right. It's always the left that brings the violence," he said. Gainesville police spokesman Ben Tobias said Friday that he thought it was "reasonable to believe they came here to bring some hatred.
Richard Spencer's talk sparks protests at the University of Florida A heavy police presence was in place CNN Protesters greeted white supremacist leader Richard Spencer with loud boos and chants of "Go home Spencer" during his speech Thursday afternoon at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The talk was Spencer's first planned speech on a college campus since he and others participated in the " Unite the Right " rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. With an intensive police presence, protesters chanted, "We don't want your Nazi hate" and "Nazi scum off our streets.
Spencer took the stage at the Phillips Center at just after p. Those in the venue, many of whom stood with their fists raised, loudly booed and chanted lines like "Go home Spencer" and "Nazis are not welcome here. Still, the heckling continued through his time on stage, leading to several moments of frustration from Spencer.
The event thrust the university into the ongoing debate about what constitutes protected speech and the extent of its limits. Spencer is the president of the National Policy Institute, a leader of the "alt-right" movement and a proponent of the white nationalist movement that advocates for a white "awakening" and a white ethno-state.
University and local officials were concerned that the event could become violent, such as what occurred in Charlottesville , and so took considerable steps to prevent that. On Monday, Gov.
Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Alachua County, where the university is located, to enable law enforcement agencies to work together more efficiently. Protesters held up signs against Richard Spencer in Gainesville.
University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs denounced Spencer's white supremacist platform as abhorrent in a letter to students, but said the school could not stop him from renting the Phillips Center for the event.
Fuchs told CNN there would be more police on campus than at any time in the university's history. The sheriff's office and the Gainesville Police Department had doubled or in some cases tripled their normal staffing levels as of Wednesday morning, Sims said.
Outside the speech venue, law enforcement sectioned off one area for pro-Spencer protesters and another area for anti-Spencer protesters, about 50 yards apart. The university banned an extensive list of items, including torches, masks, weapons and athletic equipment that could be used as a weapon.
Protesters speak out.