DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis said it canceled a conservative student-run event Tuesday evening because of a fight outside the venue, including some who might have worn Proud Boys apparel.

The event was organized by student organization affiliate Turning Point USA at UC Davis and featured Stephen Davis. However, the university said it canceled the event ahead of his speech because of a brawl between about 100 protesters and counterprotesters led to pepper spray being used, barricades being knocked down and traffic cones being removed.

No UC Davis staff used pepper spray, the campus said.

Turning Point organizers agreed to cancel Davis’ remarks out of safety concerns, UC Davis said.

About 30 students, along with Davis, who were waiting inside the UC Davis Conference Center were evacuated after some of the people involved in the brawl used barricades to beat on the glass of the center, the university said.

“It is unfortunate that the event could not proceed as planned,” the university said in a statement. “As a public institution, UC Davis values and supports freedom of expression as rights guaranteed to every citizen … Hateful words are protected by the First Amendment. Calls for harm to others or acts of violence are not.”

Some of the people in the brawl wore apparel labeled Proud Boys, according to reports UC Davis received.

The Proud Boys are a right-wing extremist group that is considered primarily violent, misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-immigration, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

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