Protesters condemn Richard Spencer outside MSU Pavilion

Hundreds march at Michigan State to protest Richard Spencer's speech

In October, Florida declared a state of emergency to guard against violence between Spencer's supporters and hundreds of protesters as Spencer gave a speech at the University of Florida in Gainsville.

At least 100 police officers appeared to be on the scene in riot gear. Fights broke out at the protests outside and more than 20 people were arrested on various charges.

One of those arrested was Jonathan Kolanowski, a supporter of Spencer who allegedly pointed a gun at protesters. Bottles and rocks were thrown.

Over two hours before the event was slated to begin, Monette had only counted around 150 protesters, and at that time said "everything has been peaceful on campus".

Spencer is a highly controversial figure and often draws massive crowds of both protesters and supporters.

Spencer leads the white nationalist group called the "National Policy Institute".

Police raid Heather Locklear's home on gun search
During the incident, Locklear was "was uncooperative and combative", allegedly punching two officers and kicking one in the groin. Police searched Heather Locklear's home Tuesday, looking for a firearm after her arrest last week on battery charges.

Eventually, police escorted event attendees into the venue.

"This was really an opportunity for us to strengthen our community and for people to have real positive feelings about who we are in the East Lansing area", said Rabbi Amy Bigman, a leader in the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing, which sponsored the event. Cameron Padgett, who organizes speaking appearances for Spencer, sued MSU in September for denying his request to rent space on campus for the event.

"He is full of hate - that's all", she said.

Media representatives for the university could not immediately be reached for comment.

Spencer is also known for coining the term "alt-right", a movement associated with white supremacist ideology. The two side reached an agreement then to let Spencer speak.

Monette said his number one concern was maintaining safety on campus.

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