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Leon Commission Chair Bryan Desloge Explains Rationale Behind Curfew, Going Into Effect Tonight

Leon County Courthouse

WFSU’s Ryan Dailey spoke with County Commission chair Bryan Desloge about the County’s rationale behind imposing a curfew, which goes into effect tonight.

Desloge sticks by the reasoning put forth by the County Tuesday, maintaining the curfew was called because of recent “unrest” and “violence” during a protest over the weekend. He says local law enforcement have received “credible information that leads them to believe there’s going to be some level of escalation.”

But, the County Commission chairman says COVID-19 and large gatherings, a recent rash of gun violence in the community, and a grand jury reviewing recent police shootings like the Tony McDade case, all factor in.

Questions, with timestamps:

What exactly is meant by "unrest," in the context it's used by the County in imposing a curfew? 0:00-4:00

You mentioned some of the parties, held during concerns about COVID-19, and a recent rash of gun violence locally; to what extent did those things play into the curfew order? 4:01-6:06

For people who look outside and don't see the unrest that's characterized by the County's press release Tuesday, what would you say to them? 6:07-7:40

In court records, law enforcement has ackowledged a gang feud, that might be playing into0 some of this gun violence in particular - is that something that's on the county commission's radar? 7:42-9:14

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.