Florence Police Issue Notice To Protesters For Friday And Saturday Protests At Confederate War Memorial – UPDATE

By  | July 31, 2020 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE-On Thursday, July 30 the Florence Police Department issued a Notice concerning the upcoming protest in Florence at the site of the Confederate War Memorial set for Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1.  The Notice is listed below:

***WEEKEND PROTEST NOTICE***

“The Florence Police Department is aware of protests and possible counter protest that are set to occur Friday night (July 31) and Saturday (August 1). We are also aware of recent social media rhetoric which seems intent on escalating conflict between these groups. Let these points be very clear: Speech is protected by the First Amendment. Peaceful protests are protected by the First Amendment. However, disorderly, threatening, and/or violent behavior of any sort is NOT protected, it is criminal. The Police Department and Sheriffs Department are working closely together to ensure this weekends events remain peaceful. We stand ready to make custodial arrests of any individual involved in criminal activity. Also, be aware that NO megaphones, microphones, speakers, nor any other sound amplification devices will be permitted. Consider this your warning.

We certainly support those who wish to go out and exercise their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble. However, we will not permit criminal behavior to compromise anyone’s public safety. We strongly urge those who attend to abide by Governor Ivey’s Order to socially distance and wear a mask. If you intend to participate in the protests this weekend in Florence, make yourself aware of the following criminal codes that we will be actively enforcing and don’t forget to share this post.

State Disorderly Conduct (13A-11-7), Menacing (13A-6-23), and Inciting a Riot laws (13a-11-4). A link to all three of these can be viewed below. Again, if you choose to go out and express your view, we ask that you be respectful of each other and know that criminal activity will not be permitted nor tolerated.”

Disorderly Conduct (13A-11 -7): http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/…/codeofalabama/197…
Menacing (13A-6-23): http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/…/codeofalabama/197…
Inciting a Riot (13a-11-4): http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/…/codeofalabama/197…  

Editor’s note: We asked Lauderdale County Sheriff, Rick Singleton with respect to the legality of carry a firearm or any deadly weapon to a political protest. Singleton said that such practice violates Alabama State Law. He stated that anyone found carrying a firearm or other deadly weapon to the protest will be dealt with according to State Law.

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