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Revell addresses law enforcement response to protesters

Posted at 11:09 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 23:10:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Nearly five days after the weekend's heated protests Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell spoke on law enforcement's response.

Revell revealed, along with Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil, Chief of FSU Police Terri Brown, and the director of the Capitol Police worked together in planning ahead for the worst case scenario.

Revell says the officers in riot gear responded after protesters hit and kicked officers and the team was used to de-escalate tensions, forming a barrier to allow the people arrested to be taken away.

He says moving forward in the community starts with compliance from protesters.

"When we have compliance we have no issues," said Revell. "When people follow the rules and follows the laws, we have no issues. As we move forward and as we have protests continue, let's have people follow the rules. Let's have people have those conversations that you're talking about and actually work with us."

As for dropping the charges against the protesters, State Attorney Jack Campbell says his team is still reviewing the evidence.

He said if he finds that someone broke the law he will prosecute them.