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Tallahassee activists not backing down as 2 more get arrested in connection to Saturday's protest

Posted at 6:15 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 18:15:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Law enforcement is still investigating the protest Saturday that led to 15 people being taken to jail that day.

Now, we're learning that even more protesters face charges.

Two additional protesters were booked into the Leon County Detention Center Wednesday night, bringing the total number of people charged to 17.

Grassroots organizations along with Florida National Organization for Women and the ACLU addressed the additional arrests Thursday morning calling it an attack.

"Tallahassee Police Department issued probable cause warrants on peaceful protesters," said Lakey Love with the Tallahassee Community Action Committee.

While law enforcement spoke publicly for the first time at Wednesday night's City Commission meeting, officers took two more protesters to jail.

"Our Tally 14 has now moved to Tally 16," Love said. "That's where it's going to end. We demand you drop all the charges."

As more protesters face charges, the case against a man who pulled a gun on protesters on Aug. 29 has closed.

"I am absolutely frustrated with people who overuse violence and people who would come and try to bring guns to volatile situations," Campbell said. "But Jack's judgment doesn't trump what the Florida law requires me to follow."

State Attorney Jack Campbell says, based on stand your ground law, that man is protected from legal action.

Campbell says they're still reviewing what happened over the weekend and it is likely they could drop charges against the protesters.

However, he promised that anyone found breaking the law would be prosecuted.

"We're looking at the specific evidence on each incident and we're going to make whatever charges are appropriate," said Campbell. "But I can't fail to follow the law on this or any other incident."

Still, protesters say they're not backing down.

"It will stop," said Love. "You are making us stronger."

Law enforcement declined to make an official statement regarding the additional arrests.