White Nationalist Richard Spencer Asks to Speak at University of Michigan

University considers letting Richard Spencer speak to students, but no decision has been made

FILE PHOTO - In this Dec. 6, 2016 photo, Richard Spencer speaks at the Texas A&M University campus.
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A University of Michigan spokesman says it will pay "close attention to the safety and security of our community" in considering a request by white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said Tuesday that no decision has been made on Spencer's request. Fitzgerald says a representative of Spencer's National Policy Institute indicated there was flexibility with the speaking date.

Michigan State University earlier this year turned down a request for Spencer to speak there. Spencer's group has filed a lawsuit seeking to have that blockage overturned.

Spencer's group has also filed a lawsuit against Ohio State University, which also turned down a request for speaking space.

Spencer participated in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to deadly violence in August.