Orange County, Fla. — What started out as protests in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd has now spread to several states, including right here in Florida.
It started Friday morning after rumors circulated on social media that former officer Derek Chauvin, one of the four involved in the incident, moved to a home in the unincorporated area of Windermere. In response, the Orange County Sheriff's Office released a tweet, saying that they have verified that Chauvin has a home there, but is not there and has no plans to be in that area.
Despite this, protesters have gathered outside the home, holding signs and writing messages on the driveway of the home and the street near the home with chalk. Orange County Sheriff John Mina says that he is proud of the community since the protests have been peaceful and that while they will monitor the situation, there are currently no plans to add security to the home.
Just after 1 p.m., leaders in Minnesota have announced that Chauvin had been taken into custody and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.