Jacksonville, FL — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is detailing the state's response amid protests and violent demonstrations following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
“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," says DeSantis in a statement.
DeSantis says he has mobilized 700 Florida National Guard soldiers and has coordinated more than 1,300 sworn Florida Highway Patrol troopers to support local law enforcement efforts.
He says he will continue to do everything necessary to keep residents safe and has been in talks with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and many others to help with the response.