UF campus security prepares for speech from white nationalist

UF campus security prepares for speech from white nationalist


>>Kent: SECURITY CONCERNS ARE GROWING IN GAINESVILLE AHEAD OF A SPEECH BY RICHARD SPENCER.>>PREVENT AND DEESCALATE ANY POTENTIALLY VIOLENT PROTESTS. CHANNEL 4’S ERIK AVANIER SPENT TIME WITH STUDENTS WHERE MANY OF THEM SAY THEY DON’T WANT TO SEE THE VIOLENCE THAT WAS SEEN IN CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA.>>IT’S NOT EVERY DAY THAT STUDENTS SEE HEAVILY ARMED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WALKING AKOS THE CAMPUS IN GROUPS BUT THAT’S THE CURRENT REALITY THAT WHITE NATIONALIST RICHARD SPENCER IS EXPECTED TO SPEAK THURSDAY AFTERNOON. YOU’RE SURE TO SEE GROUPS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. STATE TROOPERS ARE CLEARLY POLICE IN OTHER CITIES AND EVEN PRIVATE SECURITY. AUTHORITIES SAY THERE WILL BE MORE THAN 500 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON CAMPUS THURSDAY. THEY’RE IN GAINESVILLE TO MAKE SURE SUPPORTERS OF RICHARD EXPENSERS AND PROTESTERS DON’T CLASH.>>WE KNOW VIOLENCE AT ALL THESE EVENTS. THE MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT TO KEEP US SAFE, THE BETTER.>>Reporter: THIS AMOUNT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IS UNCOMMON AND SOME STUDENTS ARE HAVING A HARD TIME DEALING WITH IT.>>IT FEELS LIKE A POLICE STATE ALTHOUGH BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED DOWN ON LOCKDOWN. YOU HAVE TO SHOW YOUR ID TO GET IN. THERE’S ALTERED HOURS. YOU FEEL VERY RESTRICTED RIGHT NOW.>>I FEEL LIKE I DON’T LIVE IN AMERICA. I FEEL LIKE THIS IS NOT WHAT I AM USED TO.>>Reporter: MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE HAVE INDICATED THEY WOULD ATTEND THE PROTEST BY A FACEBOOK GROUP. ONE STUDENT WE SPOKE TO SAID THURSDAY’S EVENT COULD GO I ONE OF TWO DIRECTIONS.>>Reporter: SECURITY IS SO TIGHT HERE ON THE CAMPUS THAT EVEN WE IN THE NEWS MEDIA HAVE TO SHOW OUR PRESS ID’S JUST TO SET UP AND REPORT FROM SPECIFIC AREAS. ERIK AVANIER, CHANNEL 4, THE LOCAL STATION.>>Kent: NEWS 4JAX HAS STAYED ON TOP OF THE EXTRA SECURITY MEASURES. TRYING TO MAKE SURE THE STUDENTS A SAFE.>>THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CAMPUS IS BRACING FOR TOMORROW’S SPEECH. SOME BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN CLOSED AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FRIDAYMENT THE CENTER IS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CAMPUS. SECURITY COSTS ARE ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT $600,000 AND THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA PRESIDENT SAYS SPENCER IS, QUOTE,

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