Fights break out at ‘It’s OK To Be White’ event on UConn campus
The event that led to the fight on Tuesday was called ‘It’s OK To Be White,’ and was sponsored by the UConn College Republicans student group. Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-leaning blog Gateway Pundit, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a student following the commotion, UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said, WTNH reported.
But Jim Hoff of Gateway Pundit released a tweet saying that Wintrich told him he is now free from police custody, and was arrested for his own protection.
I just spoke with #FreedomFighter@lucianwintrich - He is happy to be a free man again - And eager to have his first smoke in 4 hours. The police arrested him for his own protection? is what he told me #FreeLucian#CommiesSuck— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) November 29, 2017
Wow. As everyone leaves, Lucian Wintrich is grabbed by a crowd of students. Police immediately step up to break up the fight. pic.twitter.com/FOvW7UiNdg— Carmen Chau (@CChauFOX61) November 29, 2017
As Lucian Wintrich walks in, you can hear the crowd booing pic.twitter.com/lIfnAKwpF4— Carmen Chau (@CChauFOX61) November 29, 2017
Following the incident, UConn released a statement saying the fight started when a “guest at the event appeared to remove paperwork from the lectern where Mr. Wintrich was speaking.” The school went on to say that Wintrich then followed the guest “into the audience, where the altercation occurred.”
Before the fight broke out, some in the crowd started chanting, “Go home Nazi.”
Students rally outside of Schenker Hall as police and Lucian Wintrich are inside with the doors locked. pic.twitter.com/mtggpA4Yhr— Carmen Chau (@CChauFOX61) November 29, 2017
“UConn Police also are investigating an incident in which someone broke a window in the lecture hall as the crowd was leaving and threw a smoke bomb inside. This led to speculation as to whether police had discharged tear gas, but that was not accurate – no tear gas was used or needed.”
A photo of the shattered window was taken by WTNH.
Wintrich has been on a speaking tour of college campuses, and his talk at the University of Massachusetts Boston earlier this month was rescheduled for February due to safety concerns, according to the Gateway Pundit.