Florida governor declares state of emergency ahead of alt-right event

Rick Scott speaks to the media about Hurricane Irma

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Monday declared a state of emergency for Alachua County ahead of a Thursday appearance at the University of Florida by alt-right leader Richard Spencer. The declaration clears the way to put the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state Division of Emergency Management in charge of keeping order, with local police and other agencies under them during the event. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell was the one who requested state assistance. “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,” Scott said. A “no Nazi” group on Monday urged UF President Kent Fuchs to deny Spencer’s group a forum on campus.

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