Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz says there were a large number of uniformed and non-uniformed officers present. She says the school has been having ongoing discussion as to how to best secure events that could turn volatile.
The scene on Tuesday night included a large group of protesters shouting down the White House correspondent for the far-right leaning The Gateway Pundit.
At one point during the speech, a man and woman approached the podium, yelling at Wintrich.
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The woman, identified as Catherine Gregory who works for Quinebaug Valley Community College, then grabbed the hard copy of his speech while security looks on.
Wintrich then chased after the woman, grabbing her from behind in an effort to retrieve what he says was the one hard copy of his speech.
He was arrested and charged with second degree breach of peace.
Wintrich told News 8 Lead Investigative Reporter George Colli that he asked security several times to remove any protesters that were approaching the podium. The school says it is reviewing the protocols and are hoping to learn from it for any future events.
UConn says the event was open to the general public, so there were not just students at the event.
Reitz also points out that, despite the chaos, there were no reported injuries.
Police are still investigating the matter, including Gregory’s actions.
A statement from Gregory’s attorney, Jon Schoenhorn read, in part, “Ms Gregory went to UConn for that speech as a private citizen. While she is an employee for QVCC, she did not go there on their behalf as a representative of QVCC.”
Wintrich told News 8 he is considering legal action against the school for lack of security.