|Richard Spencer, white nationalist|
Spencer is scheduled to
speak at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville on Thursday.
Scott declared the state of emergency in Alachua County, noting that Spencer's speeches in other states have in the past "sparked protests and counter-protests resulting in episodes of violence, civil unrest and multiple arrests," according to the Tampa Bay Times.
I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” Scott said in a seven-page executive order.
Scott said in a statement that everyone has a right to voice their opinions.
But, he said, "we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority."
"I have been in constant contact with Sheriff [Sadie] Darnell who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource," Scott said in the statement.
"This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe,” he said.
(via The Hill)