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Black students protesting notorious racist David Duke got violently pepper-sprayed by police


New Orleans police unleashed pepper sprayed and threatened to tase students who were protesting former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke‘s appearance Wednesday night on the historically black Dillard University campus for a U.S. Senate debate.

As ThinkProgress reported from the ground, protests over the white supremacist’s presence–and silence from the administration in response to an open letter of demands–turned violent when a group of around 75 students tried to force their way into the mostly empty auditorium where the debate was being held.

Some protesters scattered after police started pepper-spraying students pushing their way in through a door. One student journalist tweeted that he could “taste the pepper spray.”

BuzzFeed’s John Stanton also captured shocking video of the fray:

Shocking photos from the Associated Press show police attempting to rip a student down from a door frame, with one officer holding what appears to be a Taser.


A police officer, front, points a taser as a protester jumps on a door, whole police officers try to keep out protesters against the former Ku Klux Klan leader and current senate candidate David Duke, before a debate for Louisiana candidates for the U.S. Senate, at Dillard University in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. The top five candidates, including Duke, who are running for Louisiana's soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat are meeting for their last debate ahead of next week's election, at the historically black university. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)AP

On Twitter, the university said no arrests were made.

Inside the cavernous auditorium, a prominent white supremacist got to stand behind a podium and clarify, “I’m not against all Jews” in (relative) peace. Democracy was served.