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Calling it unconstitutionally “vague and overbroad,” Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Thursday blocked a controversial state law that enhances penalties and creates new crimes in protests that turn violent.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved a bill he says will curb violence and property damage during protests. It’s a response to last summer’s protests following the death of George Floyd and calls to defund the police. DeSantis signed off on the measure Monday at a press conference in Polk County—the same place where he first introduced the proposal seven months ago.

DeSantis was flanked by local law enforcement, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, and Senate President Wilton Simpson—the same group who stood by him in September when he introduced his public disorder bill.

The Jacksonville Community Action Committee protesting outside of City Hall.
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Organizers of a protest planned for outside of Jacksonville City Hall Wednesday evening are calling for more police oversight.

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Demonstrators gathered outside a Jacksonville restaurant Tuesday to protest 4th District Congressman John Rutherford’s vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Jacksonville attorney John Phillips said he’s conducting a review of what happened during a Hemming Park protest Friday as he prepares to represent at least one of those arrested.

Several protesters were arrested during a demonstration against last week’s U.S. airstrikes in Syria. Philips said he’s reviewing all available evidence of what led to the arrests.

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Stanton College Preparatory School administrators apologized this week after students protested fliers they saw as demeaning women. Students raised awareness of the fliers online using the Twitter hashtag, #SCPGoodGirl.


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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be met with protests during its four day visit to Jacksonville, concluding Sunday.

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Civil rights activists and Northwest Jacksonville community members will gather outside the Cleveland Arms apartments this evening at 6 p.m. to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black man there Sunday morning.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says two deputies responded to a domestic-violence call at the complex and found 22-year old Devanta Jones trying to strangle a woman.

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  UPDATE: 5:13 p.m. News4Jax reports the protesters are marching on the Hart Bridge and are blocking westbound lanes. 

A handful of people who blocked Interstate 95 in Jacksonville Monday morning say they’re planning a second demonstration this evening but would not provide the location. The group’s morning-rush-hour protest near Emerson Street delayed commuters by up to an hour.  

The activists call themselves the Kemetic Empire. Their leader, Diallo-Sekou Seabrooks, says the group will keep blocking traffic until law enforcement policies change.