Fight breaks out ahead of Michigan speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer

Mar 08, 2018, 01:21
Fight breaks out ahead of Michigan speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer

An alt-right supporter of Richard Spencer was arrested for pointing a gun at protesters ahead of the white nationalist's speech at Michigan State University. Protesters blocked the people trying to attend his event, and the confrontation soon turned violent.

Michigan State Police say they initially planned to keep the two groups separated, but protestors had migrated from their original location to a lot where attendees were parking.

There were no injuries to any law enforcement personnel, he confirmed.

Warrants have been issued against two persons: One, for four counts of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of resisting and obstructing police.

Monday's event was the culmination of months of legal wrangling to bring Spencer to campus.

Warning: Video contains graphic language and images.We're live from Michigan State University an hour before Richard Spencer speaks on campus. In January, Padgett and reached a settlement.

In response to Spencer's appearance, a counter rally, dubbed the Celebration of Diversity Festival, was hosted at All Saints Episcopal Church in East Lansing.

Against the backdrop of drumming and chanting, one protester was asked about being arrested as she was led to a police van.

"What happened outside was really worrisome and heinous", Spencer said.

In October, protests broke out as Spencer gave a speech at the University of Florida in Gainsville.

Bottles and rocks were thrown, according to witnesses, and bloodied faces were captured in photos. The Detroit Free Press and many other local media organizations were denied tickets inside the event. But during a livestream of his speech he criticized protesters for treating his supporters with "hostility".

Spencer claimed during the speech, he and his supporters were treated unfairly saying, "precisely because we're white".

"Nazis, and the need to protest against their ideals", Herron said. "I think Nazis, we had a chance with them, and we figured out we weren't going to do that again".