Violent Protest Forces Organizers To Cancel Conservative Event

The student-led conservative group Turning Point USA planned an event on Tuesday at the University of California, Davis, but it was canceled at the last minute due to a fight involving dozens of protesters.

According to reports, a clash broke out between individuals supporting the group and those opposed to it. As the fight dragged on, participants reportedly caused property damage, deployed pepper spray canisters, and toppled road barricades near the venue.

Some of the protesters reportedly used objects to slam against the glass of the building where right-wing podcaster Stephen Davis had been scheduled to speak.

University staffers and organizers of the event determined that the safety of attendees was in jeopardy and decided to call off the event.

A statement from UC Davis indicated that everyone was safely evacuated. The brawl did not result in law enforcement intervention.

“It is unfortunate that the event could not proceed as planned,” the press release explained. “As a public institution, UC Davis values and supports freedom of expression as a right guaranteed to every citizen.”

The university went on to express its commitment to upholding the First Amendment rights of all students, explaining: “We affirm the right of our students — in this instance, Turning Point USA at UC Davis — to invite speakers to our campus, just as we affirm the right of others to protest speakers whose views they find upsetting or offensive.”

Earlier this month, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk addressed another protest that threatened the safety of attendees at a pro-life event organized by the group.

Several days before his scheduled remarks, Davis shared a tweet claiming that advertisements promoting the event across the campus had been torn down. In their place, an attached image revealed, were flyers denouncing Turning Point USA as a “notoriously racist, homophobic, transphobic, and anti-immigrant” group.

The flyer called on “those who oppose racism and bigotry” to “make it known” that UC Davis does not support the organization.

Apparently anticipating the likelihood of a protest, the university wrote: “The health and the well-being of our community is our priority. In preparing for tonight’s speaker and activities, we worked with the students to create a secure environment, including a safety plan, where freedom of speech could be exercised, including for those wishing to protest the speaker. UC Davis Student Affairs staff attended the event to provide education about student expression and to encourage respectful and productive dialogue.”