Intersection: Richard Spencer And Free Speech On College Campuses

Rabbi Abraham and Rivka Korf
Rabbi Abraham and Rivka Korf

23 October, 2017

An appearance by Spencer at the University of Florida Friday sparked protests, with anti-racism demonstrators confronting white supremacists at the event and jeering at Spencer as he attempted to make a speech.

Hours before the shooting, all three men had spoken with the media in support of Spencer's speech and white nationalism.

According to the arrest report, the Fears brothers shouted "kill them" and "shoot them" at Tenbrink.

Tenbrink fired a single shot, police said, missing the group and striking a nearby building.

Two men who allegedly urged him to shoot face the same charge.

Another bystander said they memorized the license plate number of the auto and shared it with police. Detectives said Tenbrink admitted to the shooting, according to his arrest report.

The Fears brothers were held on $1 million bond, and Tenbrink, a convicted felon who was also charged with illegal gun possession, was held on a $3 million bond, police said.

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With white nationalist "identitarian" Richard Spencer and his adherents now safely out of Alachua County.

"I guarantee that wherever I am, whatever circumstances may arise, the Alt-Right shall enjoy the right to free speech", Bristow said Sunday.

William Fears told reporters he'd been in Charlottesville, and had come to Gainesville to hear Spencer because he agreed with much of what he said.

"For anyone who holds controversial viewpoints I think this is probably a little bit reassuring or at least should be that UF took more of the right steps in this situation", Kruth said.

'We don't want violence. we don't want harm. Bristow claims in the statement that he helped the American Civil Liberties Union when it sued to allow a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August that led to deadly violence when 20-year-old white nationalist James Field Jr., of OH, struck and killed a protester with his auto.

The cost of security for Spencer's event was estimated by the University of Florida at $600,000.

That meant a state of emergency being declared in Gainesville by Gov. Rick Scott, the influx of more than 1,000 law enforcement officers to watch over almost 2,500 demonstrators and a virtual suspension of normal campus life - not to mention the outsize attention Spencer craves.

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