Two dozen arrested outside Richard Spencer's Michigan State University speech

Ebony Scott
March 8, 2018

News 10's Alani Letang was at the pavilion where he spoke Monday.

Screengrab from Facebook Live video. Two dozen people were arrested as a result of the protests, police said.

The meeting is ticketed, and Spencer controls who is allowed in, said MSU Police Lt. Doug Monette. Some charges include weapons violations as well as hindering and obstructing, he said. Verbal clashes ensued and punches were thrown as police began taking people into custody.

"These people are scum", David Sherman, a 25-year-old who was there protesting Spencer's speech, told Reuters. The officers wore helmets and clutched batons. In October, Florida declared a state of emergency to guard against violence between Spencer's supporters and hundreds of protesters as Spencer gave a speech at the University of Florida in Gainsville. Both sides screamed insults and obscenities at each other.

A few Spencer supporters turned around instead of trying to get in, according to reports.

All it took was one lunge and white nationalist supporters of Spencer and Antifa protesters went at each other.

"He is full of hate - that's all", she said.

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Pillai said he was with a small group of friends, all of whom shared the same sentiment toward Spencer's ideologies.

"I don't think I'm for or against, I think I'm for free speech".

"I'm just not a big fan of MSU paying his security fees of what, half a million dollars, and then letting him speak", Pillai said.

50 people heard Spencer speak.

No one severely injured as of this point.

Fistfights broke out on a road leading to Michigan State University in East Lansing as about 40 backers of Spencer walked up a road leading to the campus, where roughly 500 demonstrators had gathered, surrounding an armoured police vehicle.

But back in January, the university announced it would not happen this semester, which ends in April.

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