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Ahead of protests, Mayor John Dailey calls on Gov. DeSantis to deploy National Guard

Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 2:13 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to deploy the National Guard in anticipation of protests leading up to Inauguration Day.

“Today, I am requesting that the Governor dispatch National Guard troops to protect our State Capitol,” Dailey said. “Call up and deploy Florida’s National Guard troops now to ensure that we do not see a repeat of January 6, right here in Tallahassee.”

Leon County Sheriff, Walt McNeil, said, “We are doing reconnaissance if you will, checking buildings, making sure that there’s nothing unusual around various buildings in our community. We have requested and are receiving mutual aid from other local law enforcement agencies across the state of Florida.”

City Hall and the County Courthouse will be closed next Tuesday and Wednesday and Monday’s parade was postponed.

FSU and FAMU Police have both increased their presence on and around the university campuses.

Sheriff McNeil is asking the community to stay home.

“I absolutely implore you not to come out, to make our job simple, to allow us to do our job, and the fewer people we have to deal with in various venues, the more we are able to focus on what might be the flash point, if you will,” McNeil said.

WCTV has reached out to the Governor’s Office on his response to Dailey’s request and is awaiting a response.

You can watch the mayor’s press conference, which was broadcast live to the WCTV Facebook page, below.

Tallahassee Mayor speaks about possible protests 1/15/21

LIVE: Mayor John Dailey is holding a press conference about possible protests in the Capital City this weekend.

Posted by WCTV.tv on Friday, January 15, 2021

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