GAINESVILLE, Fla. (KWCH) The University of Florida is preparing for potential violence at a speech by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.
CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports that more than 500 law enforcement officers reported to Gainesville campus before Thursday afternoon's event, and Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency,
"We are hoping that this is going to be a non-event. But we are prepared to respond and handle this," says Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell. "
The University estimates it will spend $600,000 on security.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government, in this case, a public university, cannot charge speakers for security costs.
A Georgia State University student who organized the event at the University of Florida for Spencer called the high-security costs "discouraging," and said anyone from either side who incites violence should be arrested.