Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statement thanking state and local leaders for their partnership to keep Floridians safe. The governor has mobilized 700 Florida National Guard soldiers and coordinated more than 1,300 sworn Florida Highway Patrol troopers to support local law enforcement efforts.
DeSantis addressed the loathsome murder of George Floyd last week in Minnesota. He also expressed that violent activity has no place in Florida.
“Florida has zero tolerance for violence, rioting and looting. George Floyd’s murder was appalling, and the Minnesota perpetrators need to be brought to justice, but this cannot be used as a pretext for violence in our Florida communities,” said DeSantis.
The governor says he’s been in contact with local and state leaders across the state in an effort to keep Floridians safe during a weekend filed with unrest and protest.
“I am in constant contact with state and local leaders, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida National Guard and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). We have devoted significant resources, including the mobilization of 700 Florida National Guard soldiers who are specially trained to support law enforcement,” said DeSantis, “I have also worked with FHP to coordinate more than 1,300 sworn Florida Highway Patrol troopers to support local law enforcement efforts. We will continue to do everything necessary to keep residents safe.”
He also mentioned his contact with other leaders to address the situation.
“Over the past 48 hours, I have spoken with President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, Florida National Guard Adjutant General James Eifert, FHP Director Colonel Gene Spaulding, Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness, Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Representative James Bush, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, Boca Raton Police Chief Michele Miuccio, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Senator Darryl Rouson,” said DeSantis.
“I thank these leaders for their continued partnership and efforts to keep Floridians safe.”
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.
I thank local leaders for their efforts to keep FL safe. pic.twitter.com/tQmFoKgFT2
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 1, 2020