White nationalist’s speech draws extra security at UF

White nationalist’s speech draws extra security at UF


LOCAL10.COM.>>>I WANT TO TAKE YOU NOW TO GAINESVILLE. LIVE PICTURES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AHEAD AID OF HERBAL CONTROVERSY SPEECH TAKING PLACE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. WHITE SUPREMACIST RICHARD SPENCER IS SET TO SPEECH AT THE UNIVERSITY ON THURSDAY.>>Laurie: PROTESTS ARE ANTICIPATED AND POLICE FEAR THIS COULD TURN VIOLENT SO LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER AMY VITERI HAS TRAVELED THERE TO GAINESVILLE TO BRING AS A PREVIEW AND GIVES A SENSE OF THE EMOTIONS RIGHT NOW. AMY.>>Amy: WELL, LAURIE, THE UNIVERSITY HAVE FLORIDA IS ALREADY TAKING STEPS TO AVOID ANY POTENTIAL UNREST. YOU CAN SEE THESE BARRICADES. THEY ARE NOW UP IN FRONT OF THE PHILLIPS CENTER. THAT IS WHERE THE SPEAKING EVENT IS GOING TO BE TAKING PLACE, AND ALL THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON WE HAVE SEEN LARGE NUMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARRIVING HERE ON CAMPUS, AND WE HAVE ALSO HEARD CONCERNS FROM STUDENTS. THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA’S CAMPUS TUESDAY, EXTRA SECURITY ALREADY VISIBLE. SOME BUILDINGS POSTING CLOSURES FOR THURSDAY DURING WHI NATIONALIST RICHARD SPENCER’S SPEAKING EVENT. FRIEND OFF CAMPUS TO BE SAFE. GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY MONDAY AND ACTIVATED THE NATIONAL GUARD IN CASE THEY’ NEED PD SPENCER REACTING TO TWITTER POSTING THIS.>>I THINK THE  IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE PROTECTED.>>Amy: CHAD RIVERA IS PART OF THE GROUP NO NAZIS AS THE UF. THE SIGNS ARE POSTED THROUGHOUT CAMPUS. HE SAID SPENCER’S RHETORIC IS DANGEROUS. THE NATIONAL POLICY HEAD WAS KILLED WHEN A WHITE SUPREMACIST DROVE RIGHT INTO A CROWD OF PROTESTERS. SPENCER’S EVENT UF COMES AFTER THE UNIVERSITY INITIALLY DENIED HIS REQUEST IN SEPTEMBER OVER SECURITY CONCERNS.>>THEIR GROUNDS ON DENYING IT WAS A SAFETY ISSUE, AND SO I DON’T KNOW WHERE THAT SAFETY ISSUE WENT AS FAR AS WE’RE CONCERNED, THERE’S STILL THE SAME SAFETY ISSUE.>>EVERYBODY HAS A RIGHT TO SAY WHAT THEY WANT TO SAY. DOESN’T MEAN THAT THEIR VIEWPOINT IS CORRECT.>>Amy: WHEN IT COMES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT TRYING TO KEEP THE CAMPUS SAFE THIS WEEK, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT UNIVERSITY POLICE, WE ARE TALKING LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES, ALL WORKING TOGETHER. IN TOTAL THE UNIVERSITY ESTIMATES THEY ARE SPENDING ABOUT $500,000 ON SECURITY MEASURES HERE FOR THIS EVENT ON THURSDAY. NOW, RICHARD SPENCER HIMSELF IS PAYING $10,500. YOU CAN SEE SOME FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICERS THERE BEHIND ME. AS FOR RICHARD SPENCER, AS I SAID, $10,500 HE IS PAYING TO RENT THE VENUE, AND FOR SECURITY INSIDE THERE. BUT WE DO KNOW THAT SO MANY SOUTH FLORIDA FAMILIES HAVE LOVED ONES AND STUDENTS HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, AND WE WILL BE HERE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK BRINGING YOU LIVE COVERAGE OF EVERYTHING GOING ON.

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