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Police presence remains heavy at Florida's capital

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 18:42:37-05

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WTXL) — A heavy police presence can still be seen behind the Leon County Courthouse off of Calhoun St. and still blocked by patrol cars.

Although there haven't been any major protests near the Capitol as of right now, there haven't been any signs that police are scaling back.

With Monday being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey tells ABC 27 he's happy with how peaceful it's been, especially on such an important day.

"I think today of all days, Martin Luther King Day, is the day to truly reflect on his legacy," said Mayor Dailey. "We're all nervous and a little on edge as a society about what we have experienced. But if there was ever a time to truly think about nonviolent participation, and truly hear Dr. King's words, today is the day. I encourage everyone to reflect on his legacy in light of what we are all experiencing as a society."

The National Guard is also downtown and will be stationed in the capital city until Jan. 24.