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HCSO Assists USF Police Department Following Unsanctioned Protest

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 24-92



The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was requested to assist with an unsanctioned protest at the University of South Florida.

After repeatedly ignoring dispersal commands, HCSO was able to identify several agitators and assist with USF police with taking them into custody.

"Violent or unsanctioned protests on University Campuses or anywhere in Hillsborough County Florida will not be tolerated,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “This is Florida, a law and order state.  Every student,  regardless of color, creed or religion, should be able to feel safe and learn in a secure environment. Every student should be able to freely move about campus without fear of harassment or intimidation. The moment a peaceful protestor arms his or herself with a shield or attempts to occupy a space that isn't theirs, as occurred today, they will be dispersed. And, if they choose not to follow instructions of law enforcement officers, they will be arrested as ten individuals were."

For any additional information or inquiries about the university’s gathering policies, please contact the University of South Florida Police Department.

After repeatedly ignoring several dispersal commands, HCSO used tactical skills to evacuate agitators. That video can be viewed here: