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White nationalist Spencer drowned out by protesters

White nationalist Spencer drowned out by protesters”

Gainesville police have arrested three men they say are responsible for the shooting after Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida on Thursday.

Police have said that at least two of these men have connections to extremist groups and that Tyler Tenbrink is a convicted felon.

Tenbrink also was charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon. Tenbrink fired one shot from a handgun in the direction of the protesters and fled in their Jeep while the targets huddled behind a Dumpster.

The men, who traveled from Texas to attend Spencer's controversial speech, are accused of shouting chants about Hitler, making Nazi salutes and firing a gun at a man with whom they were arguing, Gainesville Police said in a press release.

The Fears brothers were in Alachua County jail Friday under $1 million bond each, and Tenbrink is in jail under a $3 million bond, police said. With his friends yelling "kill them" and "shoot them", Tenbrink fired one shot, which missed the protesters and hit the building behind them.

One of the victims was able to get the car's license plate number before it drove away, police said. Police executed a traffic stop and arrested the three men.

William Fears is an "active white supremacist" with ties to several white supremacist groups, including Vanguard America, Patriot Front and others, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Spencer began by thanking the some 500 police officers who secured the event, as well as the University of Florida's president for allowing the event to proceed.

Leading up to the start of the event, audience members at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts began to boo before Spencer even took the stage.

Florida's governor declared a state of emergency for the event.

UF cited the Charlottesville violence in rejecting an initial request from Spencer to speak at the university, but later relented on free speech grounds. "But if he argues he got out of his vehicle to check on the damage, was confronted by the guy with the baton, and said he felt threatened, then that's Stand Your Ground".

He also told The Sun "it appears the only answer left is violence, and nobody wants that".

Security costs for the University of Florida Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol and other agencies total more than $500,000, according to the school website.

Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement, organized the August "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Va., that led to the death of one protester.



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