Auburn police spokesman Capt. Lorenza Dorsey told the Associated Press three people were arrested for disorderly conduct, though it remains unclear if they were protesters or attendees of Spencer's talk.
The arrests were made at approximately 6 p.m. after a fight broke out between two middle-aged protestors.
"The alt-right is about being a white person, being a European in the 21st century", he said. When he said that it was "truly sick" that Auburn would bring in people who were "not the greatest exemplars of the African race", who would sexually abuse the white women on campus, someone in the crowd screamed back that "white men rape, too". Auburn cancelled the speech on Friday, citing safety concerns, but was overruled by a federal judge on Tuesday.
In a statement, the university said it would abide by the decision and allow Spencer to speak. So Spencer just paid $700 to speak.
Richard Spencer, who describes himself as a racial idealist, spoke to a packed room for about 30 minutes and then took questions from the students.
Several student protests were planned on campus for Tuesday evening.
As one of the internet users cleverly noted, Spencer says everything the KKK men or nazis would, not using "jew" or the n-word.
A "While Mr. Spencer's beliefs and message are controversial, Auburn presented no evidence that Mr. Spencer advocates violence", U.S. District Court Judge W. Keith Watkins said in his ruling, noting that peaceable free speech is protected by the Constitution.
This afternoon, a federal judge ruled that Auburn must allow Spencer to speak in the Foy Auditorium tonight.
"Auburn University supports the rights and privileges afforded by the First Amendment".
Conservatives also came out to show support for Spencer's free speech rights.
"Discussing various ideas and perspectives is part of intellectual development, and we applaud those who did so in the spirit of respect and inclusion, even when faced with offensive views much different from their own", said the statement.
"An injunction has been filed", Spencer told the student newspaper.