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Group Threatens to Take Confederate Monument Down by Force, Law Enforcement Prepare for the Worst

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and Brooskville Police are coordinating efforts to prevent a violent confrontation between protesters, after threats were made by an alleged Antifa group to forcibly remove a Confederate Monument from the ground of the Brooksville Courthouse.

Barricades and yellow crime scene tape surround the monument that honors fallen Confederate soldiers, and dozens of law enforcement officers are prepared stop any potential violence that may take place during the planned event this evening.

Threats began yesterday, after the City of Tampa voted to remove a Confederate monument from their courthouse. Human rights activist and self-proclaimed Antifa member, Bettejo Passalaqua, stated in a recent Facebook post, “Hernando county was the lynching capitol of the south and the atrocious statue in front of the people’s courthouse is a daily reminder of race hatred. Confederate statues are coming down all over the south. It is time for us to bring this one down.” Passalaqua went on to threaten violence against those who tried to stop the removal when she stated, “Look, people. This is f**king serious… We aren’t glitter bombing Nazis. We aren’t throwing flour on them. We definitely aren’t going to peacefully shut them down. They want to kill us, they said so in Charlottesville. They made it very clear where they stand and how they plan on taking action. Their violence needs to be met with great force. If you are not down to physically fight these f**kers, please stay off the front lines. You’ll get hurt and your pacifism will be a liability, resulting in others being hurt…”

We spoke to County Commissioner, Steve Champion, who’s family has a long history, spanning several generations in Hernando County, and he said, “I will never vote to remove monuments of history like this statue. It is a monument recognizing deceased US Veterans. Yes, the confederate soldiers were and are still US Veterans!!”

Commissioner Jeff Holcomb tells RNRF, “I am confused by how an act of violence in VA has provoked a movement to remove confederate monuments?  The monument in Brooksville has been there for over 100 years. Why now, what has changed and what is the basis to remove it?  This monument honors Confederate Soldiers, when I see it I think of the Civil War where this country lost 600k lives in the fight to eradicate slavery from this country.”

We caught up with local NAACP president, Paul Douglas, who was concerned over today’s planned event. Douglas says, “I understand this is their history but this is my history too.” Douglas say he wants the statue removed but he believes an acceptable compromise would be if the County erected a Martin Luther King Jr. Statue on the grounds as well.

We spoke to Paul Kiger, one of the first protesters to arrive on scene, and I asked why he was standing guard over the monument. Kiger says, “I’m just tired of being called a racist and my kids being called racist. He goes on to say, It doesn’t matter what kind of statue, it doesn’t need to be removed.”

In preparation for the event, the Courthouse closed at 3:00 p.m. and Broad Street and Jefferson Street are closed to vehicle traffic.

RNRF will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • I’s really like to know why these confederate statutes were not any issue when Obama was President for 8 longs years, Can anybody please answer that question.

    Monday, 21 August 2017, 2:46 pm
    • That’s because the libtards are pissed that Hitlery lost and Trump won even when she tried to steal the election from him but you can’t steal a landslide. So they are trying to cause a divide in this country funded by George Soros to blame it on Trump.

      Monday, 21 August 2017, 6:46 pm
  • The City and County spent thousands of $$$ ramping up for this event and possible violence. Thank goodness it was peaceful. This lady and all her friends need to get a life and move on. All of this nonsense to do away with pieces that memorialize or recognize this nation’s history. Most of them pushing this idiotic vengeful movement have no clue about the Nation’s History because a lot of it was have stopped teaching in schools. Very sad and very pitiful.

    Saturday, 19 August 2017, 11:15 pm
    • Not to get off the subject but now that you brought up the county commissioner’s I would really like to see where the tax payers 16,943,784.00 dollars went to.. … I have a feeling I’m going to hear crickets on this one…

      Sunday, 20 August 2017, 3:41 pm
      • I’m sorry it was 23,934,783.00

        Monday, 21 August 2017, 8:53 am
  • Moe, Larry @ Curlly. What a joke

    Saturday, 19 August 2017, 7:51 pm
  • This is so ridiculous! These statues have been up for 100s of years and just now it’s becoming a problem! People are totally missing what’s really going on in the world and they’re giving into all this crap!

    Saturday, 19 August 2017, 2:01 pm
  • Don’t believe what they push on the history channel. And the Liberal schools in this country.

    http://www.southernheritage411.com/truehistory.shtml

    Saturday, 19 August 2017, 12:56 pm
    • No one was concerned with these statues until they were told to be worried. Don’t follow these lemmings off the cliff.

      Saturday, 19 August 2017, 4:01 pm
  • Tom you should be ashamed of yourself for giving these racist hickerbillies a forum to spread their stupidity

    Saturday, 19 August 2017, 9:17 am
  • Almost all the Confederate soldiers did not own slaves and many were dirt poor. The war produced profound changes in our country and Florida which was part of the secession. This area had citizens who fought for the South. It’s history and an important part of who we are today.. Slavery had been around for centuries and there were other issues involved with the war. All of us have things we disagree with but you can’t sanitize everything that happened to suit everyone.

    Saturday, 19 August 2017, 7:35 am
  • This was shoddy reporting at best. First of all, there was never any intention for antifa or anyone in support of the statue being removed to come to Brooksville Friday evening. That was a rumor began by those in support of the statue remaining! Also, the long quote about antifa you attributed to me was not written by me. It was a post being shared around on FB and was meant to inform people on safety issues! I shared it. I didn’t write it. Before you write stuff about me, please get your facts right. Feel free to contact me for clarification. Thanks!

    Saturday, 19 August 2017, 7:10 am
      • Seems like saying they declined to comment would have been a better option than misquoting them, or misleading the readers.

        Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 4:17 pm
  • It is about time to put all of this BS to bed. All memorials have a right to be displayed. We are not the Taliban. But black people think they can suppress us and run us. Keep this up and let the real race wars begin and call in our military. They will be crushed. Watch their mouths when that happens. They will hide behind walls and dumpsters which is what their coward asses do now. Round them up and let them get their welfare and food stamps in Africa. I am totally tired of what these blacks are trying to do to MY country. Not theirs. I never invited them to stay here.

    Saturday, 19 August 2017, 12:12 am
    • You ignorant, uneducated, sleezebag jerk! It was NEVER YOUR COUNTRY. The Native Americans were FORCED to “Share” through your ancestors violence and disease.

      You are here ONLY by the grace of a GOD who loves you despite the dirty, rotten, things you lie about and say.

      Remember this… Blacks like me would NEVER live around, much less be associated with a person like you. We are way too educated and socially aware to allow your ignorance and stupidity to infect us and our family and friends who are of ALL RACES.

      Your warped, twisted thinking may be accepted by your fellow brain dead comrades…. but you are in the minority and I THANK GOD FOR THAT!

      So if your so proud of your thinking and way of life…. post your address, where you work and your REAL NAME and the rest of us, Black White, Latino, etc can keep away from you and yours and never ever support any business your may have or work at.

      Jerk!

      Saturday, 19 August 2017, 3:22 pm
      • So let’s be clear there is NO SUCH thing as a native american. The groups of people You call native american immigrated here too. They did not spring from the ground, they have no more special rights than anyone else. You could say they got here first which would be fine and that may give them some moral high ground but it stops there. They spent thousands of yrs killing and enslaving each other over territory before the first whites got here. Also they had the neat little habit of enslaving every surviving female and killing every single male even babies, because male babies might grow up to come back at them. so get off your high horse.

        Sunday, 20 August 2017, 2:19 pm
        • It is a strong possibility that the American Indian came from the Mayan civilization
          Just thought I’d throw that in there…

          Sunday, 20 August 2017, 4:42 pm
        • You poor thing… trying to justify your thoughts and beliefs.

          Get an education and stop reading BS blogs. By the way…. I’m staying on my high horse because it keeps me far away and above ignorance like yours.

          Sunday, 20 August 2017, 4:54 pm
  • Erecting a statue of Martin Luther King is ok just put it somewhere else. This is stupid , just as MLK is history so are all the statues they want to pull down, why in hell are cities like Tampa giving into these punks

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:46 pm
  • I believe 110% that the racist comments under this article were left by someone on the “left” just to make the right look like racists. They were made only to stir up hate. I don’t believe it not for one minute. I don’t know anyone that is a racist. I have never experienced anyone that has discriminated against any minority. Trump is not a racist and neither are republicans. Stop trying to get people to believe it. We have too much common sense for that. We don’t live under a rock and we know what goes on around us. We love each other here in this town and racist behavior would never be tolerated. Give it up, we are too smart to buy it.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:25 pm
    • Sam, you are so correct! The citizens in Brooksville all get along very well! I know that there are people who hate for no reason. According to the bible, “if they are ignorant let them be ignorant”. The monument makes no difference to us! The street names we do not get a say in! This latest propaganda is only hate filled, people wanting another platform. God will have the last say; and I am not afraid of the terror they try to instill by day nor by night. I thank you and others, for having the heart to know that the blacks in Brooksville are not all running around complaining about a damn statue! This is an indirect attack to start up division in Brooksville!

      Saturday, 19 August 2017, 3:59 pm
  • Let them keep their statue…if you want to make a bigger statement…. let each person on her publicly identify themselves with their true names. If they are so bold as to want to say things about blacks, or Jews, or anyone else who is different from themselves.. then I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to put in here your true name and where you work.

    Then the rest of us who are mortified by their behavior and words……DO NOT BUY OR USE SERVICES FROM THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS! Don’t buy or use services from anyone who supports what you do not stand for. Don’t give money to organizations or business that support those who wish to do harm. It’s easy. Say it with your wallets. That’s real purpose.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 10:42 pm
    • Dana Barrington, you are preaching! Everyone in my community of all races gets along fine. It is those who want division and hate to flow that are coming up with this foolish crap. I will go back to Africa when those hate filled mongrels catch the first ride back on the Mayflower. Until then, i will continue to be entertained by the display of ignorance that is being manifested.

      Saturday, 19 August 2017, 4:22 pm
      • How I love your statement! Boom!!! LOL

        Sunday, 20 August 2017, 4:58 pm
  • I’m going to go out on a limb here. Just maybe someone wanted to see not just how many would show up,but just who they are. Just wandering

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 10:22 pm
  • It wasn’t all that long ago that they came to our county to burn the flag. How many of you remember that?

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 10:15 pm
  • I’m sick and tired of these terrorist idiots Antifa funded by George Soros changing our history. All this was never a problem weeks ago. Give a kid a cookie and then he will demand milk. So the point is these counties should stand thier ground and not give one inch to these idiots.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:40 pm
  • Keep the statue/monument and get rid of ALL the Martin Luther King street names.
    We can’t go ANYWHERE without seeing those! The civil war is a part of history so
    keep our history.
    To the guy in the picture wearing those long sleeves in 90 degree weather, we know you’re just trying to hide those track marks!!!

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:39 pm
    • You are fake. We know who you really are. Give it up. You voted for Crooked Killary.

      Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:31 pm
    • Track marks? What does that mean?

      Saturday, 19 August 2017, 12:07 am
    • Just for info here not all Africans are Black. In the same token not all Slave traders were Whites. Just some facts.

      Saturday, 19 August 2017, 12:10 am
      • Point of fact the slavers doing the capturing in africa were muslims and blacks not white. Doesn’t make the whites who bought them any less guilty. Sort of like the drug trade, cartels make it then send it to america ,then dealers sell it to users, n who then steal from others to support their habit.

        Sunday, 20 August 2017, 2:31 pm
  • FYI Mr. Douglas, almost every town in the U.S. Has a street named after MLK and he was a felon!

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:19 pm
  • Sounds like an attempt at redneck shooting practice.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:12 pm
  • Ok.
    Well then black history month sports segregation, as does black only scholarships, MLK syreet names demonstrate racism, take away “Minority” when it comes to welfare or hiring. Let’s remove all, ALL, singular “race” symbols EVERYWHERE! Sound rediculous? So does this statue crap! Does any of these MORONS realize who’s were NOT the only Confederates?
    I myself will join the fight to protect American Heritage. No ***hole, not racism, history. NOT the South or Confederacy, but protect history. These people should be imprisoned and/or deported to another country.
    Let’s just STOP this stupidity.
    So the publicity, stop the retardation.
    Just put them in work campus.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:05 pm
  • Everyone thinks the war was over slavery. Get a grip… It was the south wanting independence from the US.. The north was trying to tax our fore fathers products. Look it up. Its history leave it in the past and make our future brighter for the younger generation. Look what this teaches the youth of today.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 8:54 pm
  • Guess this is working out for Bettejo about as well as all of her fundraisers…

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 8:19 pm
  • Update?

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 8:09 pm
  • truly hurtful and harmful or polically convieniant…. You tell me?

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 7:20 pm
  • Paul Douglas if you were born and raised here are any of the black confederate soldiers your relatives if not then stfu and quietly leave that simple let us residents worry about our statue

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 6:43 pm
  • Why is the statue so important it’s part of our history. Now the trees in front of the court house need to be taken down or a monumental piece telling the story of how many INNOCENT BLACK MEN WERE HUNG THIER. AND TO REMEMBER THIS TO EVER HAPPEN AGAIN. WE WEREN’T EVER THAT’S LIVING NOW OWENED SLAVES NOR ANYONE LIVING BEEN SLAVES BUT THIS RACIST CRAP STILL GOES ON.
    VERY SAD ? WE ALL WERE CREATED BY GOD AND BLEED RED. SO STOP IT ALREADY
    TRY MUSIC IT’S AWESOME.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 6:40 pm
    • Can you please clarify?

      Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:26 pm
    • Not sure what your point is but a good start would be for you to watch the..PBS series on the Civil War. Have you read what the monument says? Almost all of the Confederate soldiers did not own slaves. The statue commemorates area Veterans who fought for the South and Florida. The war produced profound changes for all of us with much suffering and death on both sides.

      Saturday, 19 August 2017, 9:48 am
  • Leave history alone!!! You can’t change the past by removing a historical monument.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 6:26 pm
  • Wow this is just ridiculous brooksville wont bow down sorry just not happening this world is odd everything is either racist or just not acceptable get over it people

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 6:14 pm
  • I would be standing right there with them dudes!! Hell ya!! BRING IT BLACKIE!!
    Passing out beat downs!!

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 6:08 pm
    • You are sick…

      Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:29 pm
    • You are fake. We know who you really are. Give it up. You voted for Crooked Killary.

      Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:32 pm
  • BETTEJO…..You have a very filthy mouth. How do you expect anyone to pay attention to what you have to say? If I had young children or young adults, there is no way I would want them to listen to you with your filthy mouth! If you can’t write without using the “F-Word”, don’t bother posting! You are a real disgrace to this Community no matter what you opinion on this issue is.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 6:06 pm
  • Public threats of violence by the Antifa? Why is that not an arrestable offence?

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:56 pm
    • just like people saying that non whites should be mass genocide. It goes both ways. The liberals are doing exactly what they want to do; get the deep right riled up. No more need of racist scum threatening to beat up blackies over a monument. USA celebrated when SOVIET statues toppled, let alone something so valuable in our history. I think it’s time the statues go just to silence and defeat the racist scum.

      Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:11 pm
      • Then by that same exact logic the entire democratic party should be dismantled.

        Saturday, 19 August 2017, 2:35 pm
  • Most of these protesters probably have no idea of what they are talking about. I’m sure they are not all scholars of history. Good or bad this us US history. When Iwalk by any of those statues I certainly don’t think racist thoughts am I’m sure very few ever did until all this nonesense has come up. Get a grip, go to work, raise your family and leave history where it belongs in the past.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:53 pm
    • Amen That is the same way I feel!!!! Most of them probably don’t even pass one of the statues or even notice it at all. Now they want to scream and Cry like little babies because the media is giving them their 15 minutes of fame and that no one will even remember or know who they were tomorrow!

      Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:06 pm
  • I am sick and tired of this BS. My family divided during the Civil War with some moving from NC & Virginia to Illinois. They fought of both sides of the issue – STATES RIGHTS! The federalists won militarily, but not necessarily in the hearts of man. Were the freed slaves treated equally in the “north” after the war? I don’t think so becasue even today it is still harder for a black person to get the same opportunity as a white person. It has nothing to do with the Confederacy. Back before the Civil war other of my ancestors sold themselves into indenture just to get to America – the land of opportunity. They worked hard and were successful ad I am grateful for thier efforts to this day.
    I’m white, but I feel that everyone, including Afro-Americans, Orientals, Hispanics should be proud of what their ancestors endured. Times were differnet then, and the monuments should remind us of our ancestors efforts.An Afro -American should be proud of their slave ancestors and are perfectly free to look at a Confederate monument and think “WE WON!” Then they, and all of us, should go about building a legacy that our decendants can be proud of. I have worked with migrant workers in the past and believe me they were not treated as well as the “slaves” on some of my ancestors farms. The last “sharecroppers” left my Aunt Bea’s farm in Virginia after she died in the mid 1980’s. She took care of them providing them with opportunity to get ahead and a roof over thier heads. If they wanted someting extra she had extra work to do so they could earn it. The ONLY sitpulation ws that they take NO GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE. If they wanted to become a ward of the State then they had to move out and don’t come back. We all need to pull together. Look for the similarities that you have with others instead of the differences. God made ua all we should make him proud!

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:48 pm
  • alright boys, tomorrow at 5, lets go.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:46 pm
  • What a joke paul douglas. This is the problem you have taught our youth a lie. Please reread your history book.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:31 pm
  • Just try us BLACKIES!!! We’ll get the rope back out!!!

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:31 pm
    • Tom why do you allow posts like this? It does nothing for the discussion and I truly believe these people spewing this type of hate are BLM and Antifa just to make us fellow Broosville folks look like racists. I totally agree with what Sam is saying!

      Saturday, 19 August 2017, 4:09 pm
  • WoW

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:29 pm
  • That person is just wrong about hernando county. Just generations of historical events trying to be wiped out and banned. How will the ones against it feel when 100 years from now someone may try to undo what they have done? Another protest? More Violence? More crime? More EXPOSURE! Not War people…. read this from an article. “Of the 25 counties across the South with the most lynchings, Florida has six: Orange (34), Marion (30), Alachua (19), Polk (9), Columbia (17), and Taylor (17)”— New Times

    FACTS..

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:27 pm
  • Sounds like people are looking to get shot with all of the bravado… Cops don’t like to be threatened… Bad ju ju…

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:25 pm
  • I am absolutely okay with the citizens of Hernando County being able to vote on what to do. I am NOT OKAY with some hate-filled antifa “perceived victim” of a war that occurred over 150 years ago come into our county and start a race war. There is not one family in America that is not multi-race and 98% of the churches & civic groups in our beloved county are blended. I’ve yet to meet anyone in Hernando who had an issue with statutes of soldiers and commanders erected in the land where they led. GO AWAY HATERS!! I like the idea of perhaps adding additional heroes such as General Grant or even Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Perhaps their time could be better spent coming up with solution to the inner city violence rate. Far more young African Americans have been assaulted/murdered (805,000 based on the Bureau of Justice stats) by other African Americans than the entire Civil War casualties 642,000. These young, beautiful lives are cut short because they need hope in the form of mentorship, education/training and something to live for other than the gangs. #LoveOverHate

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:21 pm
  • I have lived in this county for over 12 years and never seen any hatred here. It is one of the reasons I moved to this area. Hopefully it will stay like that. I wish people would not let the media,or others who try and separate us all. I hope people realize if we treat others as we want to be treated we will get past the select few that are trying to change our country for the worst. They have no idea what they are asking for! God bless us all as we are one nation under God!!

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:21 pm
  • Go home and worry about your own town, leave ours alone! Dont you people have anything better to do with your time, like teaching the next generation how to behave?!?! There’s a saying I recently saw on Facebook that fits. “Just because it offends you doesn’t make you right”! Doesn’t New York have a plaque on a town square that claims it was one of the largest slave markets? Doesn’t that offend you? Go check it out! It’ll give you something to do!!!

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:20 pm
  • Brooksville got it’s name from the founder Preston Brooks, he was a slave owner. So what do we do now? Change the name of Brooksville?

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:08 pm
  • Go back to Tampa, leave our peaceful community out of your blatant hateful soul

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:06 pm
  • IT IS NOT ABOUT TALING THE STAUES DOWN IT IS ABOUT TAKING OUR COUNTRY DOWN !!!!!!!!!

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:05 pm
  • WOW! the great history, traditions, values, morals, Christian values,the removal of God,Christmas…………… you name it! being removed and Destroyed by The Left, and progressives, and yes most of these groups put up to this ( PAID ) yes, by progressives, radicals, and George EVIL Soro’s!! MAY ALMIGHTY GOD HELP US! by way please do erect a statue of Dr. Martin Luther! he was a Great Man! and of man with love passion in his heart! not hate! freakin ridiculous!! yes i’m white! big deal! i’m not RACIST! I love and accept all people’s, but this has gone too far! not mention P.C.ness!

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 4:52 pm
  • You have to be kidding me…
    You want to take down a monument that represents history , why don’t you take down the tree that it sits under ? That’s were all your lynching took place…..

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 4:50 pm
  • Sorry but paul douglas is a joke. He needs to reread his history book . just saying.

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 4:48 pm
  • Is it a crime to incite violence ?

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 4:47 pm
  • A little off subject but is that guy with the long sleeve shirt cold?

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 4:44 pm
  • Stop giving in to these idiots. Let the cops whip up on there ass. This crap has to stop. It’s strange that these small mob groups get To much attention. Let’s take our freedoms back for the silent majority

    Friday, 18 August 2017, 4:40 pm

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