TALLAHASSEE, Florida- WPTV says Florida Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida.
Scott warned in an executive order Monday that a “threat of a potential emergency is imminent” in Alachua County, in north Florida.
Spencer is slated to speak at the campus on Thursday, the report said.
Spencer participated in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to deadly violence in August.
Scott’s executive order will allow local law-enforcement authorities to partner with state and other law-enforcement agencies to provide security for the event. The university has already said it expects to spend $500,000 on security, WPTV reported.
The governor is also activating the Florida National Guard to help with security if it is needed.
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