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Gov. DeSantis calls in 700 Florida National Soldiers to support law enforcement during riots

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 17:46:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gov. Ron DeSantis has mobilized 700 Florida National Guard soldiers to support local law enforcement efforts as protests continue over George Floyd's death.

“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," DeSantis said.

Along with the Florida National Guard, DeSantis has 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," DeSantis wrote in a release.