Florida Gov. Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency For Richard Spencer UF Speech Thursday

By  //  October 16, 2017

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request from Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Spencer, whose speech is scheduled for Thursday, is president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank, as well as Washington Summit Publishers.

Spencer has said that he rejects the label of white supremacist, and prefers to describe himself as an “identitarian.”

Gov. Scott’s executive order was issued following a request from Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell that will allow local law enforcement agencies to partner with county and state law enforcement to provide security for the event.

Gov. Scott remains in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and University leadership to ensure that every request to the state is quickly granted to keep the public safe.

“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority,” said Scott.

“I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource. This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”

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