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DeSantis finally addresses Florida protests; reports ‘largely peaceful’ demonstrations

By: - June 2, 2020 6:06 pm

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Days after Floridians began protesting police brutality, Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the killing of George Floyd but added that Florida has “zero tolerance” for rioting and looting.

“Florida has zero tolerance for violence, rioting & looting. George Floyd’s murder was appalling & the MN perpetrators need to be brought to justice, but this cannot be used as a pretext for violence in our communities,” DeSantis tweeted Monday evening.

Earlier, DeSantis had remained silent on the world-wide protests against police brutality, even as other Florida public officials commented on the matter.

In his tweet, he included a screenshot of a press release: “Governor mobilizes 700 Florida National Guard soldiers and coordinates more than 1,300 sworn Florida Highway Patrol troopers to support local law enforcement efforts.”

In a second press release Tuesday, DeSantis reported that Florida demonstrations have been “largely peaceful” for the past 24 hours.

He praised the efforts of local law enforcement, the National Guard, and the Florida Highway Patrol for maintaining peaceful protesting environments across Florida, as well as “those who are engaging in peaceful First Amendment activity.”

This release also stated the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported “no significant law enforcement or civilian injuries or deaths” during the past 24 hours, and no reports of widespread property damage, he said.

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Danielle J. Brown
Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in English with a focus in editing, writing, and media. While at FSU, she served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine, Nomadic Noles. Last fall, she fulfilled another editorial internship with Rowland Publishing, where she wrote for the Tallahassee Magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 850 Business Magazine. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat. She spends her downtime traveling to all corners of Florida and beyond to practice lindy hop.