Violent Alt-Left Group a No Show as Protesters Guard Confederate Monument, One Protester Arrested
BROOKSVILLE – Thanks to a strong show of force by local law enforcement and maybe a little help with the gloomy weather, counter protesters who threatened to remove a Confederate Monument by force this evening stayed away from downtown Brooksville.
There were about 50 protestors who showed up in support of keeping he monument on the Courthouse grounds and no acts of violence have been reported.
One protester was arrested for violating a public order crime, after he refused to comply with a Police Officer’s order to remove a mask that covered his face. 39-year-old Ryan William Hawks was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Hernando County Jail for wearing a mask in public.
One man was questioned after he arrived at the rally wearing a military style flak jacket but he was not detained.
The subject of a previous RNRF report and supporter of the monument’s removal, Akindeji Hill, agreed to an interview during the rally. The interview drew about a dozen onlookers who listened as Hill answered several controversial questions. During our interview, Hill suggested that some of the protesters in attendance were members of the KKK. Hill’s comment sparked outrage by many who vehemently denied being a part of any white supremacy group. Law enforcement stepped in as a precaution to prevent potential violence until our interview was complete. The entire interview with Akindeji Hill will be released in the coming days.
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