St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman discusses Florida’s re-opening and recent violent events at protests during press conference, live tweets his speech

In a press conference from St. Petersburg today, Mayor Rick Kriseman addressed Florida’s re-opening of bars and restaurants to full capacity, as well as recent increased tension between protestors and counter-protestors.

During the roughly twenty-minute press conference, Mayor Kriseman noted that St. Petersburg is “a progressive city” that “despite the rhetoric,” has not had “mobs or riots.” He goes on to address recent increased tension at protests due to the recent developments in the Breonna Taylor case, as well as the near presidential election. Watch the full press conference below as aired on WFLA 8:

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is expected to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact Gov. Ron DeSantis recent order has had on local ordinances.

Posted by WFLA News Channel 8 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

During the press conference, the Mayor’s Twitter account was live-tweeting paraphrased quotes from the press conference, some of which are included below.

Chief of Police, Anthony Holloway, addressed questions following the Mayor’s speech, and mentioned more specific details would soon be coming regarding the recent protest where he says a knife and gun were brandished, and they are “looking for” the individuals involved.

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