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Tallahassee mayor asks Gov. DeSantis to deploy National Guard ahead of Inauguration Day threats

Posted at 2:18 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 14:40:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to deploy the National Guard to protect Florida's Capitol following the arrest of a man for attempting to incite violence during a protest this Sunday.

"Now I am glad that our state is deploying 600 National Guard troops to help protect the U.S. Capitol, but with the clearly expressed threat being state capitols, I believe that more resources are necessary," said Dailey.

After requesting National Guard troops from Gov. DeSantis, Dailey went on to share his hopes of no violence, but also said that more preparation needs to be in place.

"I am hopeful that we do not experience any violence in the capital city this weekend or next," said Dailey. "But hope is not a plan, so we must remain vigilant and we must be prepared."

Along with the request to Gov. DeSantis, Dailey announced that the reverse-style Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade scheduled for Monday has been rescheduled for Feb. 6.

You can watch the full press conference below:

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