Pensacola, Florida (WKRGMore) — Pensacola Mayor DC Reeves and Police Chief Eric Randall have spoken publicly for the first time since their arrest in a string of hate crimes on Friday.
Their message to the community is that hate is not allowed.
“We will stand firm as your law enforcement agency. We are actively investigating,” Randall said.
of Hate crimes include throwing bricks at Jewish centers, swastikas and graffiti on homes and businesses. These incidents left the community in tension for weeks.
On Friday, police announced the arrest of Kessler Ferry, 18, and three minors aged 15 to 17.
Randall believes surveillance videos, social media and information from the community led to the arrest.
“Our community has been very helpful in creating insight and awareness in sharing information,” said Randall. “If you see something and say something, it’s very helpful for our community.”
As for the motive, Chief Randall believes the teens were trying to sow hatred and fear in the community. DC Reeves’ remarks are unacceptable.
“Personally speaking, I would not condone this,” Reeves said. “I hope this matter is taken as seriously as possible and pursued to the fullest extent of the law.”
Officers at the Pensacola Police Department said more arrests could be made as the investigation continues.
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