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DeSantis: Florida protests 'largely peaceful'

Posted at 5:59 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 07:29:31-04

TAMPA, Fla. — As protests continue across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death, Governor Ron DeSantis said on Tuesday that demonstrations in Florida have remained "largely peaceful" over the last 24 hours.

“I appreciate all the hard work being done by our local officials, the Florida National Guard, the Florida Highway Patrol and our law enforcement to help ensure the safety of residents and visitors, as well as those who are engaging in peaceful First Amendment activity,” said Governor DeSantis.


According to a press release, DeSantis says no significant injuries to protesters or law enforcement have been reported. The release also says the FDLE has not received reports of widespread property damage to commercial or residential areas.

“Over the past 24 hours, demonstrations have remained largely peaceful thanks to these collaborative efforts. We will remain vigilant and stand ready in the event something changes. Florida will not tolerate rioting, looting or violence," DeSantis said. "We encourage all residents and visitors to continue abiding by local curfews and directives and thank everyone for their cooperation.”