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Some tension, but mostly peace at Ben Shapiro speech at U.

Sep 28, 2017, 10:07 AM
Scott G Winterton...
Scott G Winterton

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

We’re learning more about the clashes that broke out outside Ben Shapiro’s speech at the University of Utah.

 

At least one person is behind bars.

A total of five people detained were by police. Two of those resulted in arrests, but one was cited and released.

 

Campus police are saying overall most protesters conducted themselves professional and peacefully, and the only incidents were isolated fights.

 

University of Utah spokesman Chris Nelson says they’ve never seen something like this at the university.

“Really this was an unprecedented event for our campus. This was the first time we had a student group bring a speaker who had solicited this many people on our campus,” said Nelson.

Police say the cost of security at the event last night technically amounted to about $25,000.

Typically they wouldn’t spend that much — instead opting to ask for volunteers from other police departments to help offset the cost.

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