Gateway Pundit White House correspondent is arrested after tussle with protester during an 'It's OK To Be White' speech

  • Lucian Wintrich's speech on Tuesday night was repeatedly interrupted by boos
  • Came to abrupt end when a woman approached the lectern and took his speech
  • Cellphone footage shows the 29-year-old writer chasing after and grappling her
  • He was arrested and released and he is blaming 'violent' students for distruption?

Mugshot: Lucian Wintrich ?is pictured after his arrest for being 'violent and disruptive' at the University of Connecticut

Mugshot: Lucian Wintrich ?is pictured after his arrest for being 'violent and disruptive' at the University of Connecticut

?A conservative commentator who was arrested at the University of Connecticut and charged with breach of peace following an altercation blamed students for being 'violent and disruptive' during his 'It's OK To Be White' speech.

Lucian Wintrich's Tuesday night speech was repeatedly interrupted by people in the audience booing and chanting before it came to an abrupt end when a woman appeared to take paperwork off the lectern.

Cellphone videos show Gateway Pundit writer Wintrich, 29, running after the woman and grabbing her before other audience members get involved.

Police quickly stepped in and led Wintrich, who is Gateway's White House correspondent, away.

UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said a student was charged with breach of peace and criminal mischief for allegedly breaking a window as people were leaving the event.

Reitz said that student was not charged in connection with a smoke bomb that was thrown inside at one point - an incident that?remains under investigation.?

She also said police were reviewing videos to determine if any other charges or arrests were warranted.

Lucian Wintrich (pictured) gave a speech Tuesday night was repeatedly interrupted by people in the audience booing and chanting before it came to an abrupt end when a woman appeared to take paperwork off the lectern

Lucian Wintrich (pictured) gave a speech Tuesday night was repeatedly interrupted by people in the audience booing and chanting before it came to an abrupt end when a woman appeared to take paperwork off the lectern

?In a series of tweets after being released from police custody, Wintrich said: 'It's really unfortunate that some of the kids at UConn felt the need to be violent and disruptive during a speech that focused on how the leftist media is turning Americans against each other.?

'Tonight proved my point.'

UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said a student was charged with breach of peace and criminal mischief for allegedly breaking a window as people were leaving the event.

Reitz said that student was not charged in connection with a smoke bomb that was thrown inside at one point - an incident that?remains under investigation.?

She also said police were reviewing videos to determine if any other charges or arrests were warranted.

Wintrich is the White House correspondent for the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit, which said the talk would be about 'identity politics' in today's cultural and political landscape.

UConn's College Republicans student group sponsored Tuesday night's event.

Reitz added: 'UConn does not bar speakers on the basis of content.?

'Free speech, like academic freedom, is one of the university's bedrock principles.'

The university's President Susan Herbst called it 'a very disappointing evening'.

'We live in a tense and angry time of deep political division,' she said.?

'Our hope as educators is that creative leadership and intellectual energy can be an antidote to that sickness, especially on university campuses.?

'Between the offensive remarks by the speaker who also appeared to aggressively grab an audience member and the reckless vandalism that followed, that was certainly not the case on our campus tonight.?

'We are better than this.'

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Campus police said beforehand that they would be taking measures to ensure public safety.

The College Republicans said flyers advertising the event had been torn down or defaced across campus.

UConn's College Democrats said they were sponsoring a discussion before the speech so activists from across the campus community could express their views.

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