MSU spent $18K on security during Spencer’s visit

The Grand Rapids Press

East Lansing – Newly-released records show that Michigan State University spent more than $18,000 to provide security during white nationalist Richard Spencer’s March visit to the campus. obtained the records through an open records request. They show the money went to pay for fencing and barricades erected by police prior to the March 5 event, six passenger vans, meals for law enforcement and various signs.

University spokeswoman Emily Guerrant tells the school was not charged by neighboring law enforcement agencies for a large contingent of officers who provided security during Spencer’s visit. She says that service was considered “mutual aid.”

MSU Police Capt. Doug Monette says the university’s spending was appropriate.

Police arrested 25 people during the event on charges ranging from obstructing police to failing to obey a police officer.