3 white supremacists arrested in Florida for shooting at anti-racism protesters

21 October, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Ora Austin
  • 3 Texas men who chanted 'Heil Hitler' charged in shooting after Spencer speech

He eventually fired a single shot, hitting a nearby building, before the three sped off in the vehicle.

The Gainesville Police Department said Tyler Tenbrink, 28, William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears, 28, provoked a gathering of individuals remaining close to a transport stop promptly following Spencer's dubious occasion on Thursday. However, the planned protest and rally quickly degenerated into a violent riot after torch-wielding white nationalists and white supremacists marched through Charlottesville chanting "Jews will not replace us" and "white lives matter".

William Fears was charged in Harris County last week with felony assault of a family member, after police said he choked his girlfriend. "It appears that the only answer left is violence, and nobody wants that".

Colt Fears said he agreed with about 75% of what Spencer says. In the end, Thursday's appearance by Richard Spencer was a success - as much as an unwelcome visit from a notorious white nationalist can be. "Together, we outnumbered Spencer's supporters and showed that hate has no place in Florida".

Spencer did not respond in time for publication to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment.

One of the protesters hit the Jeep with a "baton", according to a police report, and the Jeep pulled away about ten feet. Tenbrink also said, "I'm going (expletive) kill you", the report said. The other two suspects, who are brothers, allegedly encouraged Tenbrink to shoot the people in the group. Police said at least two of the three Texas men have connections to right-wing extremist groups. The men fled in the Jeep, but not before one of the protesters took down the license plate tag.

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The suspects fled in a auto and were later arrested by an off-duty officer who noticed the vehicle while driving home from working at the Spencer event, police said. That meant a state of emergency being declared in Gainesville by Gov. Rick Scott, the influx of more than 1,000 law enforcement officers to watch over almost 2,500 demonstrators and a virtual suspension of normal campus life - not to mention the outsize attention Spencer craves.

Tenbrink admitted that he was the shooter, according to the police report.

Florida's governor declared a state of emergency for the event.

UF President W. Kent Fuchs has denounced Spencer, but as a public university the school is required to rent space to speakers regardless of their message.

"Yesterday, people from outside of our community came to create violence and disruption", police spokesman Tobias said Friday.

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