Colorado State Will Not Make Arrests Following Violent Protest of Conservative Speaker

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February 7, 2018

Colorado State University police have made no arrests and are not following any leads that could result in arrest following the violent campus protest of a conservative speaker over the weekend, the Coloradoan reported.

Clashes between white supremacists and antifa factions erupted Friday night in demonstrations against the CSU appearance by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, and descended into chaos when a masked group chanting Nazi slogans and holding riot shields stormed the area.

No one has come forward as of this week to report injury or assault, said CSU Police Chief Scott Harris, and with no one taken into custody, he and a CSU spokesperson assessed Friday’s security performance as a success.

Critics have maintained that those who committed crimes should not have been allowed to leave campus, but apprehended on site.

Kirk said, "We are incredibly thankful for CSU law enforcement and commend them for their role in maintaining the safety of students and attendees at this event.  We also believe those who commit violence and break the law should be arrested and be held accountable for their actions."

The violent protesters may be affiliated with the Traditionalist Worker Party, a nationalist organization denounced as Nazis by CSU President Tony Frank after they posted anti-immigration posters on campus.

It is not known whether any of the extremist protesters were students.

Harris told the Coloradoan that he had 40 officers on the scene wearing helmets with riot masks, along with emergency medical personnel standing by.

On Tuesday the CSU chapter of TPUSA invited their peers to evaluate the aftermath of the Kirk lecture on "Smashing Socialism" and consider strategies for promoting useful political debates.

"It’s a shame the protests turned violent Friday night and hopefully this conversation event will provide the opportunity for peaceful dialogue," Carter Fortuin, a member of TPUSA, told the Rocky Mountain Collegian.

Universities have been criticized for taking no or weak disciplinary action in the aftermath of disruptive or violent student protest. The Middlebury College protest last year of a Charles Murray lecture that left one professor injured only resulted in temporary disciplinary notices entered into the files of some of the student disruptors, while most of the member colleges of the Claremont consortium in California issued no sanctions against the students who bombarded a speech by conservative analyst Heather Mac Donald in the fall.