Police Chief Michele Miuccio’s Statement Of Support Deescalated Protest Before It Began
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — After a day of rumors and threats of violence transmitted from social media accounts, roughly 150 protestors came to Boca Raton Monday evening to find a professional police force with officers welcoming the demonstration.
As Boca Raton police blocked streets near Town Center Mall, protestors protested respectfully and police listened to what was being said.
There were no arrests. There was no violence.
The reality of the event was far different than what provocateurs on Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts promised. The threats led to Town Center Mall closing mid-day, and area office buildings sending out urgent emails to the few tenants who may have returned to their businesses in the midst of COVID-19.
Boca Raton Police Chief Michele Miuccio issued what could only be called a statement of love in preparation of the protest. Our analysis: it’s difficult to protest a police force when the chief — and its sworn officers — agree that George Floyd’s death was unjustified.
But despite the calm reality, BocaNewsNow.com received what seemed to be panicked, potentially race-driven messages into Monday evening, asking why we weren’t focusing on “boarded up stores!” and “police blocking the highway!” and “people on the street!”
The reason: that wasn’t the story.
The story is that protestors came to Boca Raton where police blocked off streets so their voices could be heard.
Then everyone went home hours later.
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