Evan Jenne says Democrats, Florida Legislative Black Caucus not interested in defunding police
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The Florida Legislative Black Caucus is expected to address policing issues on Tuesday.

Democratic House Co-Leader Evan Jenne on Monday said the Florida Legislative Black Caucus will not attempt to “defund the police” during the 2021 Legislative Session. 

Jenne’s remarks come as the Florida Legislative Black Caucus prepares to unveil proposals aimed at addressing policing issues in Florida. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Jenne suggested law enforcement may receive additional resources under the rollout.

“When you look at a lot of … the proposals that are going to be included in this package that the Black Caucus rolls out over the next couple of days, it’s actually not going to be defunding the police,” Jenne said. “It’ s going to see an increase in funding for police.”

Moreover, Jenne said the caucuses’ intent is to “alleviate potential tension between the Black community throughout our state and all communities of color and the police department, to have it be less adversarial.”

Beyond the caucus, Jenne said defunding law enforcement is not on the radar of his Democratic colleagues. 

“I have not heard a single one of our members say that the measures that they want to take will take money away from policing,” Jenne said. “No one is going to be in danger of seeing police shut down and crime run rampant. It’s just going to be a more modern approach to issues.”

Law and order remains a spotlight issue for lawmakers as they head into the 2021 Legislative Session. 

Notably, Florida Republicans are pushing “anti-riot legislation” that seeks to stiffen penalties against rioters. It also challenges and penalizes cities that move to defund law enforcement.

The legislation, HB 1 and SB 484, have garnered national attention and stiff opposition from Democrats and activists. 

“The bill has nothing to do with law and order in my personal opinion and it has everything to do with silencing potentially any critics that may think differently than they do,” Jenne said. “I think it’s a horrible bill, it’s a horrible idea, it sets a horrible precedent. There’s nothing good about HB 1.”

The 2021 Legislative Session begins March 2. 

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at jason@floridapolitics.com or on Twitter at @JasonDelgadoFL.


2 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 9, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Thank you for once again telling the hysterical white paranoid delusional racist sexist sociopaths that the answers have to be decided and options to improve our training of law enforcement given! Rutherford you voted that the lives of the police at the January 6,2021 insurrection was OK! Get out Rutherford!

  • Ron Ogden

    February 9, 2021 at 7:29 am

    One thing before the election, something else afterwards. Remember, hysterical Democrats will say and do anything their political calculators tell them to do in order to get clicks and cable minutes. When they find out something didn’t work, they walk it back post haste. It’s call Flip Flopping and it is supposed to be politically dangerous, but when your friends in the media (FLAPOL, e.g.) are there to cover your a-s for you, you can get away with it.

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