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Heavy police presence at White House as Richard Spencer and counter-protesters clash


Police presence picked up briefly at the White House on Sunday afternoon as Richard Spencer and other alt-right supporters gathered to protest against the verdict in Kate Steinle's case.

Counter-protesters were separated from Spencer's rally by police. According to eyewitness accounts on social media, counter-protesters could be heard chanting, "no Nazis, no KKK, no fascist USA." The group of protesters on Spencer's side held signs that said, "build Kate's wall."

Eventually, Spencer's group was escorted by police to hold their rally at a different location. Their movement away from the White House caused counter-protesters to rabidly cheer their removal.

The firestorm surrounding Kate Steinle picked up steam last week after Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, Steinle's accused killer, was found not guilty. Steinle was shot on a San Francisco pier as she was taking a walk with her father. Meanwhile, Zarate is an undocumented immigrant who had previously been deported five times.

Zarate did not deny shooting Steinle but says it was an accident. Zarate says he found a stolen gun wrapped in a shirt under a chair on the pier. When he picked the gun up, it accidentally fired. President Trump called the verdict, "disgraceful" and has previously used the case to campaign against the existence of sanctuary cities.

Mike Enoch, another white supremacist ally of Spencer's, helped organize Sunday's rally and promoted it on his social media page on Saturday. Enoch said in his tweet, "this is not just an alt-right demo. All people of all groups that want to stand for whites are welcome."

Sunday's rally comes four months after Heather Heyer was killed in the Unite the Right rally held in Charlottesville, Va. Spencer and the alt-right movement organized the rally which was held to oppose the removal of the city's Robert E. Lee statue.

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