Fights Erupt, 12 Arrested Ahead Of White Nationalist's Speech In Michigan

Fights Erupt, 12 Arrested Ahead Of White Nationalist's Speech In Michigan

Fights Erupt, 12 Arrested Ahead Of White Nationalist's Speech In Michigan

At least 24 people arrested in East Lansing as protesters clashed with supporters of white supremacist Richard Spencer, who spoke at Michigan State University Monday.

Spencer's speech at the university went ahead, but not before a protest erupted as about 40 backers of Spencer were met by about 500 demonstrators. Officers formed lines outside the auditorium to try to keep the peace and protect people who had tickets as they entered the event.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Warrants have been issued against two persons: One, for four counts of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of resisting and obstructing police.

Lot of people screaming at police.

Bottles and rocks were thrown, according to witnesses, and bloodied faces were captured in photos.

Police protected both sides from each other and were heckled for it. She says there's too much "hate and fear".

"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.

The university said it'll continue to consider a request from Spencer's representatives to look for dates later this year.

Spencer was also trying to get a date set aside for him to speak at the University of MI this year. "I think Nazis, we had a chance with them, and we figured out we weren't going to do that again".

"I heard about Richard Spencer being able to speak on MSU's campus, and I understand that MSU kind of had their hands bound with this decision", Franklin said.

Spencer denied MLive.com and several other media organizations press credentials.

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