Professor Freaks Out About ‘Armed Aryan Brotherhood Militia’ That Turns Out to Be Cops

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A University of Florida professor freaked out Wednesday after seeing police officers on campus, believing they were an armed gang of racists.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.) had declared a state of emergency on Tuesday in preparation for a speech two days later on UF's campus by white supremacist Richard Spencer. Tensions are high on campus, and rumors are now swirling, the Miami Herald reports.

One geography professor emailed his students a warning that was later picked up and sent out on the student email listserv.

"FYI, I just walked into Turlington 10 minutes ago, and there were armed Aryan Brotherhood militia circling the building. It feels like they are testing how much they can get away with, openly carrying weapons," he wrote.

But as the news spread on campus and social media, it turned out that the oddly dressed men were actually Florida state troopers sent to keep the peace.

A Herald staffer tweeted out an image of the khaki-clad troopers.

The Herald also reported that a rumor sprang up that a noose was on campus. That rumor was also unfounded.

County police set up a hotline to address the noose and armed militia rumor, but "there are so many rumors flying that police have said they will not address them individually."

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at

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