'This governor is an enemy of the people' : Florida activist handcuffed, removed from DeSantis event


A Jacksonville community activist was removed in handcuffs ahead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ scheduled news conference at the Duval County Department of Health Tuesday morning.

Northside Coalition Founder Ben Frazier told DeSantis’ staff members who were trying to remove anyone who is not a member of the media that he and other community members were present to hold the governor, whom he called an “enemy of the public,” accountable.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officers on site placed Frazier in handcuffs and put him in the back of a JSO patrol car. Other protestors said they were not told a reason for his “arrest,” although a witness said he heard JSO say Frazier was “only being detained.”

Earlier, a governor’s aide attempted to throw out anyone in the room who was not a member of the media. Frazier told the aide he had a right to peacefully assemble in the public building and ask DeSantis questions.

“The governor is running,” Frazier said when DeSantis’ staffers said he would not be coming out for the press conference until the room was cleared of non-media members.

READ MORE: https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/community-activist-ben-frazier-handcuffed-removed-gov-desantis-press-conference/77-7a34637d-3afc-4208-ac42-bb3be862d5f4


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