When a small group of Spencer supporters showed up, protesters rushed to block their path to the building. Others at Michigan State said that his message was repulsive and that there was never demand at Michigan State to hear him.
Police arrested both Spencer supporters and protesters for their behavior.
Monette said his number one concern was maintaining safety on campus. Spencer planned to speak at the University of Cincinnati this week but it fell through after the school demanded an $11,000 security fee, Spencer's attorney told The Associated Press.
"There's nothing Richard Spencer stands for that is good", he said. The event, organized by interfaith leaders, drew more than a hundred residents and local elected officials who aimed to combat Spencer's divisive message by emphasizing the Lansing-region's dedication to love, peace and diversity.
He said an aid of his was attacked and injured by counter-protesters. When protestors and Spencer supporters did meet, there was often yelling and physical violence.
Spencer's speech was not well-attended, and he barred television cameras from recording.
Herron's friend and fellow student, Olivia Franklin, held up a sign at the protest which said "Feminazis against actual Nazis". He says people came from all over the community and Midwest. "I'm still here, we're always going to be here".
After a violent clashes erupted at a speaking event for white supremacist Richard Spencer at Michigan State University, police moved in to make arrests.