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Allen West speech - UB YAF Organizers chased across campus

About 75 student protesters chased students affiliated with UB's chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) after conservative commentator Allen West spoke on campus last spring. The chase was captured on security camera footage obtained by The Spectrum. West, a former Republican congressman, was invited by YAF to deliver a speech titled “America is not Racist” in the Student Union. Dozens of students protested before and during West’s speech. The Erie County District Attorney’s office told The Spectrum it wouldn’t press charges against any individuals in connection with the incident. You can read more of The Spectrum's coverage of Allen West's speech here: -University Police conclude investigation into events surrounding Allen West speech with no charges filed: https://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2023/03/university-police-conclude-investigation-into-events-surrounding-allen-west-speech-with-no-charges-filed -UB conducting ‘thorough review’ in wake of Allen West controversy: https://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2022/04/ub-conducting-thorough-review-in-wake-of-allen-west-controversy -University Police responds to Yik Yak posts threatening student protesters: https://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2022/04/university-police-responds-to-yik-yak-posts-threatening-student-protesters -Students protest ‘America is not racist’ speech: https://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2022/04/students-protest-america-is-not-racist-speech -Allen West speaks at UB, prompts dialogue around race and American values: https://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2022/04/allen-west-speaks-at-ub-prompts-dialogue-around-race-and-american-values

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