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Gov. Ron DeSantis warns rioters to stay out of Florida

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Amy Christie
Amy Christie
 2021-05-11

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that anyone who tries to harm persons, property, or police officers must stay out of the state or face swift, drastic consequences for such behavior.

How did the warning come about?

The governor was alert to people demonstrating like they do in Oregon and mentioned there will be severe outcomes if they try the same thing in Florida. During a press conference he revealed that $1,000 bonuses will be given to first responders and the governor vowed to keep police officers and residents safe from violence and vandalism.

“I think if you look around the country, what happens is, like in Portland, these people riot every night. They go, they get their mug shot, and then they get put right back on the street to do it again. That's what we don't want”, DeSantis said.

“The minute you harm somebody else, or you harm somebody's property, you do those types of things, the only way we're going to put a stop to it is to have very swift penalties for it”, he continued.

When talking about areas like Portland, Oregon, DeSantis emphasized that there is a lack of support for the police and that this can lead to a crime spike across America.

“There's a lot of places around this country that have not stood by law enforcement, and the tragedy of it is, you're seeing crime spike in certain parts of our country like we haven't seen in decades”, he went on to explain.

“Hey, if you are in Portland and you think you can come down to Florida and do this, stay out of our state!”, was the clear warning given to rioters.
“If anyone does cause these problems, if you try to burn something down, try harm anybody, but particularly a police officer during one these violent assemblies, there will be consequences. They will be swift, and they will be severe. They will be such that people who see that happening will know that's not something that we want to do going forward.”

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