Men Charged with Attempted Murder of Protesters at Fla. White Supremacist Speech
- Author: Ryan Wade Oct 21, 2017,
Oct 21, 2017, 0:41
Police say three men were arrested after a shot was sacked at a group of people following the appearance of white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida.
Gainesville Police charged 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink and brothers Colton and William Fears with attempted homicide. Police say at least two of the three have extremist ties. The Gainesville Police Department reported that Tenbrink is a convicted felon, and therefore faces additional charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Police said the three men got into an argument with a group of protesters after stopping the Jeep in which they were riding.
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The three were in a vehicle Thursday immediately after Spencer's speech and began making Nazi salutes and shouting Hitler chants at a group of people holding anti-Nazi signs near a bus stop, Gainesville Police Officer Ben Tobias said. No one was hit, and the single shot struck a building nearby. Police executed a traffic stop and arrested the three men. The Fears brothers are held under a $1 million bond and Tenbrink under a $3 million bond.
He also told The Sun "it appears the only answer left is violence, and nobody wants that".
Before Spencer's speech on Thursday, the Gainesville Sun actually interviewed William Fears about why he drove from Houston to hear an advocate of ethnic cleansing lecture college students about free speech.
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Winter Park businessman Chris King was the only Florida governor candidate to attend yesterday's protest of white supremacist Richard Spencer at University of Florida.
Hours before the shooting, all three men had spoken with the media in support of Spencer's speech and white nationalism. Gainesville police say the three then drove away. 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.
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Spencer previously helped organize the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, at which heavily armed white nationalists fought with counterprotesters in a bloody day of violence.