Notably, the Mayor’s remarks come less than 24 hours after the Tallahassee Police Department and State Attorney’s office determined the man was “under attack” and “acted lawfully.”
“Like many of you I am frustrated with the fact that we had a fight break out and a gun drawn in our streets this past weekend and no charges have been brought,” Dailey wrote on Twitter. “I am glad to hear that the State Attorney’s Office is still investigating the incident.”
Like many of you I am frustrated with the fact that we had a fight break out and a gun drawn in our streets this past weekend and no charges have been brought. I am glad to hear that the State Attorney’s Office is still investigating the incident. pic.twitter.com/ju2oX74aJO
— Mayor John E. Dailey (@MayorOfTLH) August 31, 2020
The assault took place Saturday outside of the Florida Historic Capitol Building during a non-permitted Black Lives Matter protest. In a statement released Sunday by TPD, investigators detailed the incident and released security footage of the assault.
TPD said the man, whose name has not been released, was there documenting the event.
“That individual was pushed from behind by a white protester, which led to a physical altercation between the individual and several other white males,” TPD said. “During the altercation, the individual was knocked to the ground. He got back to his feet and brandished a gun.”
The man was taken into custody after the assault.
Saturday’s protest was organized by the Tallahassee Community Action Committee. It was held to demand justice for Jacob Blake, a Black man shot in the back 7 times by Kenosha police on Aug. 23.
TCAC claimed the man’s actions were a show of “white supremacist aggression” in the hours after the incident.
“We will not be threatened by white supremacist or police terrorism,” the group tweeted. “We will be back in the streets.”
Dailey acknowledged that a conversation on social justice form is overdue in his announcement. Meanwhile, he asked residents to bring “common sense back to the streets.”
“I’m also asking you to take a deep breath,” he said, adding: “We are all feeling the pressure. We are all tense.”
The unrest has also grabbed the attention of Commissioner Jeremy Matlow. In a statement, Matlow said he is concerned about a lack of accountability.
“I can’t comprehend how the threat of deadly force was used, yet neither the alleged assailant nor gunman faced charges,” Matlow said. “The failure to pursue any charges sets a dangerous precedent in our community and sends a signal that violence is acceptable & there will be no repercussions. It is not.”
Matlow is expected to approach city and police leadership tonight with a list of questions.