GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida has paid a local county government more than $67,000 to cover security costs for a speaking event last fall featuring white nationalist Richard Spencer.
The Gainesville Sun reported Wednesday that UF sent Alachua County a check for $67,461.11 that school officials felt covered costs for the event. The county previously billed UF $302,000.
Protesters’ chants drowned out Spencer’s message Oct. 19. He called the protesters “babies” and “pathetic” before ending the event early.
The Sun has estimated the event’s total cost at about $793,000. Spencer and his group paid $10,500. The city of Gainesville says it spent about $224,000 on the event, while the Florida Highway Patrol spent $266,000.
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Gov. Rick Scott had declared a “state of emergency” over worries that the event would spark violence.
Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com