May 31, 2020 Updated June 1, 2020
By : Staff Report
POLK COUNTY: Polk County Sheriff Grady extended the curfew that was put in place last night, until 5 AM Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The declaration was made last night, after what Sheriff Judd called, ” professional protesters”, turned a peaceful protest, into mayhem on Memorial Blvd. in Lakeland yesterday.
Sheriff Judd also issued a warning to would be looters, “The people in Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns… And if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns.”
The full details of the declaration are as follows:
DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, the past two days in Central Florida there have been incidents of rioting and civil unrest, felonious activity, and aggravated assaults upon law enforcement officers; and
WHEREAS, this afternoon May 31, 2020 at approximately 2:00 p.m. serious incidents have occurred in Lakeland and are on-going as of the time of declaring this local state of emergency, including threat of injury to civilians, aggravated assault and or battery to civilian(s), and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers. Thus far, participants are not dispersing as ordered by law enforcement officers and the activity is on-going.
WHEREAS, the Governor has not declared a State of Emergency.
WHEREAS, I have determined that there have been acts of violence or a flagrant and substantial defiance of, or resistance to, a lawful exercise of public authority and that, on account therefor, there is reason to believe that there exists a clear and present danger of a riot or other general public disorder, widespread disobedience of the law, and substantial injury to persons or to property, all of which constitute an imminent threat to public peace or order and to the general welfare of the affected jurisdiction.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT DECLARED, BY GRADY JUDD, SHERIFF, POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. Incorporation of Recitals:
The Recitals above are hereby adopted and fully incorporated herein.
Section 2. Declaration of Local State of Emergency. Pursuant to 870.043, Florida Statutes there is hereby declared a Local State of Emergency within the boundaries of all of Polk County, Florida commencing at 10:00 p.m. on May 31, 2020, and continuing through June 2nd, expiring at 5:00 a.m. on June 2nd, 2020.
Section 3. Emergency Measures: Pursuant to 870.045, Florida Statutes a curfew is declared and imposed during the Local State of Emergency and all persons within Polk County, Florida are mandated to stay inside, with the exception of lawfully performing their job activities, including travel to and from said jobs, seeking medical care at a hospital, fire, police, and hospital services, including the transportation of patients thereto, utility emergency repairs, and emergency calls by physicians. Additionally, sale or other transfer of possession, with or without consideration, of gasoline is prohibited.
Section 4. Additional Automatic Emergency Measures: The additional acts specified in section 870.044, Florida States are prohibited automatically, due to the declaration of a state of local emergency.
Section 5: Violations: Violations of this Declaration of Local State of Emergency constitute a crime as outlined in Chapter 870, Florida Statutes and other Florida Statutes.
GRADY JUDD, POLK COUNTY SHERIFF
Date: May 31, 2020