JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it is asking local law enforcement agencies to do something about the coordinated “National Day of Hate” activities that are happening all over the country.
This happened after the Anti-Defamation League said that white supremacist groups were trying to set up antisemitic events all over the country this coming weekend as part of a so-called “National Day of Hate.”
“Violence, threats of violence, and physical intimidation of the Jewish community in Florida will not be tolerated and have no place in our state.” “says Mark Glass, the head of the FDLE.
“The full force of the law will be used to punish these kinds of actions. FDLE is working with local law enforcement to improve response times and make sure that Florida’s Jewish community is safe and well taken care of.
Florida’s Fusion Center says it is actively coordinating and increasing law enforcement presence to make sure that anyone or any group who harasses or threatens violence against Florida’s faith-based community will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“There are no known threats or protests planned for this weekend in Florida,” the center said in a statement. “However, there have been violent acts against the Jewish community recently, so we ask our citizens to stay alert and report anything that seems strange.”
First Coast News has asked the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office if there are any local plans to respond to “National Day of Hate” this weekend. We are waiting for a response.
In the last few months, antisemitism has been a problem in the city of Jacksonville.
Last year, at TIAA Bank Field, the words “Kanye is right about the Jews” were shown on the back of a scoreboard. During the Georgia-Florida game, hateful messages were also shown, which made the news all over the country.
Even at the University of North Florida, there were problems. A Swastika drawing was found on the door of one of the students.
In response, the Jacksonville City Council passed a law that says signs or messages can’t be projected on buildings without the owner’s permission. The bill was passed by a vote of 18-1 last month.
You can call 855-FLA-SAFE or your local police station to report suspicious behavior. Call 911 in an emergency.