Conservative Speaker Arrested at UConn

Lucian Wintrich charged with breach of the peace
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 29, 2017 12:29 AM CST
Conservative Speaker Arrested at UConn
Lucian Wintrich speaks at UConn.   (YouTube)

A conservative commentator was arrested at the University of Connecticut Tuesday night after a fight broke out during his speech titled "It's OK To Be White." Lucian Wintrich's speech was cut short when a young woman in the audience appeared to take paperwork off the lectern he was using and then began to leave, the AP reports. Cellphone videos posted on Twitter show Wintrich running up to the woman and grabbing her before other audience members get involved. Police quickly stepped in and led Wintrich away. He was charged with breach of peace and later released. Wintrich took to Twitter early Wednesday to blame UConn students for being "violent and disruptive."

UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said a student was charged with breach of peace and criminal mischief for allegedly breaking a window as people were leaving the event. Wintrich is the White House correspondent for the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit, which said the talk would be about "identity politics" in today's cultural and political landscape. UConn's College Republicans student group sponsored Tuesday night's event, which was repeatedly interrupted by people in the audience booing and chanting before the altercation. UConn President Susan Herbst called it "a very disappointing evening."

(Read more University of Connecticut stories.)

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