Official statement on Saturday protests

August 28, 2017

From the Pensacola Police Department:
The demonstration at Lee Square went from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm today, with approximately 250-300 people in attendance. Pensacola police officers were present to monitor the event.

Mayor Ashton Hayward said “We understand people on each side have strong opinions, but today’s rally proved that our citizens can work through their differences. I also want to thank our police officers for their professionalism.”

Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter added “The mission of the Pensacola Police Department was to facilitate the protests on all sides. I can’t praise my officers enough for the professionalism, courtesy, and dedication they showed today. I also want to thank The Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Escambia County EMS, the State Attorney’s office, and the Pensacola Fire Department for assisting us in this effort.”

One man was arrested during the rally. 24 year old Caleb Burris was charged with battery after he knocked a megaphone out of another person’s hand.

According to the Escambia County Jail website, Burris gave Denton, Texas as his address. He was released after posting $500 bond.

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  • Reply Scott Mayo August 30, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Since Ashton Hayward is responsible for this display of our “differences” in the first place, his compliment on our ability to work through them is rather hollow.

    I certainly agree with Ashton Hayward’s appreciation for the professionalism of Pensacola’s Police officers Saturday—if that’s the only thing on which I can truly agree with Hayward.

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