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Auburn police release statement ahead of white nationalist speech at Auburn University

Richard Spencer (Source: Twitter) Richard Spencer (Source: Twitter)
(Source: Auburn University) (Source: Auburn University)

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – The Auburn Police Department is asking for the assistance of Auburn University students, faculty, staff, as well as Auburn citizens ahead of alt-right speaker Richard Spencer expected to come to Auburn University Tuesday evening.

In a statement, Auburn police said:

Our community has always been the standard of conduct during times of celebration as well as during times of tension; we have confidence that today will be no different. The Police Division is tasked with ensuring the safety of participants, as well as those in protest, of today’s visit by a controversial activist.  We fully intend to allow all in attendance to “peacefully” voice their comments, concerns, thoughts, etc.

Protest areas will be established adjacent to the event, if it occurs, for those who wish to assemble and display opposition.

The Auburn police and partnering agencies cannot allow threatening or other behavior directed at inciting crowds of people to engage in a riotous behavior. 

Citizens are asked to report suspicious activity by calling the Auburn Police Division at 334-501-3100 or in an emergency 911.

[RELATED: AU student groups prepare for peaceful protests against Richard Spencer]

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