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3 arrested before white nationalist's speech at Auburn University

3 months 2 days 13 hours ago Wednesday, April 19 2017 Apr 19, 2017 April 19, 2017 5:42 AM April 19, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

AUBURN, Ala. - Police are reporting arrests linked to an appearance at Auburn University by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

Capt. Lorenza Dorsey, an Auburn police spokesman, says three people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges before Spencer's speech Tuesday night.

Video posted online shows two men scuffling outside the building where Spencer spoke, with one suffering a facial cut and bleeding afterward. Officers led both men away, and one woman also was handcuffed.

Spencer spoke in a crowded auditorium at Auburn University after a federal judge blocked the school from banning his appearance.

Only a few chairs were empty in a more than 400-seat room Tuesday night as Spencer and other speakers railed against ethnicity and racial diversity, liberals, the media and more. They say they want to promote white pride.

Supporters and opponents engaged in shouting marches beforehand, and photos showed a man with a bloody face after a physical altercation outside.

Officers led at least one person away, but details weren't immediately available.

A judge cleared the way for Spencer's speech after hearing arguments in a lawsuit filed by a Georgia man who rented the room where he spoke. The suit claimed the university violated free-speech rights by trying to stop Spencer's appearance.

Auburn officials cited public safety concerns in trying to stop Spencer from appearing in the student union building.

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