This past Saturday, May 11, there was a demonstration of an estimated 1,200 people at Lake Eola, during which, the Orlando Police Department made two arrests.

Shortly after the protest started around 3:30 p.m., the Orlando Police Department arrived atthe protest, allegedly to have the organizers discontinue using a blowhorn to address the crowd. Protesters must apply for a loudspeaker permit with the City of Orlando in order to use sound equipment on public property.

As shown in the footage below, two officers entered the rally where they were greeted with resistance fro a group of protesters. Two of those individuals were later charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. According to OPD, officers deployed a “handheld chemical agent” in the area of a group that became “disruptive and violent.”

They released these three videos of the incident at the demonstration. The first two videos were taken via OPD body cameras, and the third is a publicly sourced video (according to the OPD press release) that shows the area being sprayed by the aforementioned chemical agent.

Brendan O'Connor

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