At an unpermitted protest in downtown Tallahassee on Saturday, law enforcement officials arrested 15 people. The protest comes after a Leon County grand jury reviewed evidence in three police related shootings and concluded officer actions were justified.
The Tallahassee Police Department issued a press release following the arrests – provided below – which describes that the arrests were due to protesters impeding traffic, interfering with arrests and striking officers.
The Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC), after the arrests, stated on their Facebook page that TPD “arrested TCAC members, including Regina Joseph and Satya Stark -Bejnar.”
After the grand jury results were released on Friday, the TCAC stated on their Facebook page that the “grand jury has just decided that the killer cops who murdered Mychael Johnson, Wilbon Woodard, and Tony McDade will walk free.”
STATEMENT BY TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT
SENT ON BEHALF OF TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT, LEON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT CAPITOL POLICE AND FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Law Enforcement Partners Respond to Ensure Safety
Today, Sept. 5, as part of an unpermitted protest, a motorist was stopped for impeding the normal flow of traffic on South Monroe Street. During the traffic stop, the driver did not comply with law enforcement instructions.
As the individual was being placed under arrest, several members of the crowd attempted to interfere. They were given commands by law enforcement and did not comply.
As officers then moved in to arrest those interfering, other crowd members blocked the officers’ efforts, including striking officers. Due to their actions and, again, unwillingness to comply with officers’ commands, they were also arrested.
In total, 15 people were arrested during this incident.
Multiple agencies, including the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police and Florida State University Police Department, assisted in this effort.
This is an open, active investigation. More details will be released as they become available.