A man has been arrested for bringing a gun to the University of Florida during Richard Spencer’s controversial speech on Thursday. The man is named Sean Brijmohan, and was a “reported press member.” Spencer’s white nationalist speech at University of Florida caused a state of emergency to be issued, as well as 500 police officer to show up on campus in preparation of Thursday speech.
In advance of Spencer’s speech, The Alachua County Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter, “Reported Press Member arrested @UF was armed security hired by media. Had firearm on campus against Fl Statute.”
The sheriff’s department has identified the suspect as Sean Brijmohan. “Arrested Man ID as Sean Brijmohan 28 YOA from Orlando FL. Arrested under FS790.115(2)(c)1 Carrying Firearm on School Property,” wrote the Sheriff’s Department on Twitter.
Reporter Jamarlo Phills called the man a “licensed security officer carrying loaded firearm under large shirt at #SpencerAtUF event.”
WearTV reported, “Alachua County sheriff’s deputies arrested an armed man on the University of Florida campus who was wearing a University of Florida media pass, a knife, handcuffs, and had a loaded firearm underneath his shirt…Alachua County sheriff’s deputies report that the man was an armed security guard hired by the media.”
According to WearTV, authorities are describing the arrest as an “isolated incident.”
Richard Spencer is credited as a leader of the alt-right movement; a collective of white nationalists who greatly oppose the political correct culture.
According to CNN, “The event, scheduled for Thursday afternoon (October 19), is Spencer’s first planned visit to a college campus since he and others participated in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.”