Three Nazi fanboys arrested for attempted murder after Richard Spencer speech

23 October, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Rabbi Aharon Chaim Notik left co-program director at the Tabacinic Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Student Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville Rabbi Berl Goldman third from left co-director of the Chabad center and university president Kent F

Tenbrink told the Sun that he traveled to Gainesville from Houston to see Spencer's speech.

Counter-protesters far outnumbered Spencer supporters and mostly drowned out his University of Florida speech with anti-Nazi chants, booing him off the stage under the watchful eye of police officers in riot gear.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the three men defended Spencer's message while counter-protesters passionately showed their disdain for the white nationalist leader's ideas proposing a white ethnostate. The other two assailants, brothers William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears, 28, encouraged Tenbrink to shoot at the protesters.

The Fears brothers are each being held on $1 million bond.

Padgett, a Georgia State University student, has sought to secure venues for Spencer to speak on several campuses on behalf of the National Policy Institute white nationalist think tank.

Around 5 p.m. on Thursday, the three men pulled up to a bus stop in a Jeep. Tenbrink fired one shot from a handgun in the direction of the protesters and fled in their Jeep while the targets huddled behind a Dumpster. Tenbrink is also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.


The Alachua County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle about 20 miles north of Gainesville.

Another bystander said they memorized the license plate number of the vehicle and shared it with police. The investigation remains ongoing, Tobias said.

In an interview with the Gainesville Sun, William Fears said that the man who drove a vehicle into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one woman, was justified and that white supremacists were defending themselves against leftists.

'Us coming in and saying we're taking over your town, we're starting to push back, we're starting to want to intimidate back. The University of Cincinnati last week ultimately decided they would "uphold the First Amendment" and allow Spencer to speak, after a threat of a lawsuit from Bristow.

Mr. Spencer, who helped organise a white supremacist rally that erupted in deadly violence in Charlottesville earlier this year, was shouted down by hundreds of protesters on Thursday.

"It's always been socially acceptable to punch a Nazi, to attack people if they have right-wing political leanings", he said.

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