VIDEO: Pensacola Police Break Up Huge Easter BBQ

Sandy Malone

Pensacola police responded to the Attucks Court public housing project on Easter to break up a party of 100-plus people.

Pensacola, FL – It took Pensacola police officers two hours to break up an Easter Sunday barbecue in a housing project attended by more than 100 people in violation of state and local stay-at-home orders (videos below).

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the order for residents to stay at home on April 1 but most counties had already issued their own orders by then.

But despite the order, on April 12, video was shared to social media of more than 100 people gathered together outside the Attucks Court apartment project in Pensacola, WOFL reported.

Videos showed police officers on foot and in patrol vehicles attempting to break up the gathering.

They also showed people clustered together celebrating the Eastern holiday and very few standing with six feet of distance between them.

The video also showed that almost nobody, other than the police officers, was wearing a mask as has been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Pensacola Police Spokesman Officer Mike Wood said that Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter and some of his officers responded to the barbecue to encourage those participating to disperse and practice social distancing, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

"Chief Lyter was there the entire time," Officer Wood said. "The officers were telling the people not only to disperse, but they were explaining social distancing to them and why it was so important."

He said it took police two hours to disperse the crowd and put an end to the illegal block party, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

The videos showed the attendees had no interest in complying with social-distancing or stay-at-home orders.

Officer Wood said Pensacola police officers have not been told to issue citations or arrest people who have violated the stay-at-home order, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

He said the proper protocol was what was done at the Easter Sunday affair – disperse and educate the crowd.

"We're not at that point of making arrests or writing tickets," Officer Wood said. "That would be a decision that would come from above, it could be Chief Lyter, it could be the mayor, it could be the governor, we're just not at that point yet."

The officer said the Easter Sunday event was the largest gathering police have had to break up in Pensacola since the pandemic restrictions began more than a month ago, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

"This one took two hours, but we've had groups before, 20 or so people playing basketball and we would go up and ask them to disperse and they did," he explained. "Overall we haven't had a big issue with it until yesterday."

Officer Wood said police would be monitoring the Attucks Court complex for additional gatherings, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson announced the closure of all playgrounds and shared equipment on Monday, and even went so far as to have basketball hoops removed from their polls to discourage games.

The parks, however, remained open, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

"Gov. DeSantis' safer-at-home [order] allows participation in recreational activities, we want to provide our residents opportunities to maintain a healthy lifestyle at our parks during this COVID-19 pandemic," Robinson said. "Please remember, even in some of our parks you may see heavy parking, but we are continuing to maintain and watch all those parks to make sure people in there are conducting themselves per the order."

Watch videos of the Easter Sunday gathering here below:

Comments (121)
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flybynight
flybynight

Hey crazy704, does this fit your definition of selfish? I saw where you thought the people in Raleigh were selfish for being out protesting so thought I would see if that applied here as well.

Five-0
Five-0

As always. Why be one if you can’t act like one?

RunCop
RunCop

NNBS

Tpr365
Tpr365

Can’t understand why the virus is more prevalent in some communities.#ignorance and obstinance

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm guessing this is why China is throwing all the blacks out of their country right now!

StandforUS
StandforUS

And all we are hearing is that Coronavirus is more prevalent in minority communities. Is it any wonder why ? Example right here, not following directions. When many of these people come down with Covid-19, they will say, but I stayed inside, and I wasn't near any people !!! Yet, they will be the first ones wanting special treatment.

vwiles34
vwiles34

The usual suspects...

Gramercy
Gramercy

NO excuse for their breaking the law...and they certainly proved themselves to be SLOBS..as the grounds are cluttered with garbage and mess! Maybe life was better outside than inside their apartments..just saying...if this is what they do to Mother Earth, imagine what they have done to their own spaces!

garciajbg1
garciajbg1

Really!!!! How dumb can you be. To gather around like that when they know the virus is killing people. Then they get sick and they want help right away. What a shame!!!!!

Fubar66
Fubar66

Not. Surprised. At. All.

DWT
DWT

Democrats?😎

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Look at all the trash on the ground also.........Who's going to pick that up? What slobs, pigs. They're raising their kids in this atmosphere and it's no wonder the problems continue from generation to generation. Their lack of respect for themselves and their communities scream out dysfunction.

Pilot350
Pilot350

I say let darwin's principle play out it would save us tax dollars by not supporting the projects.

magnumforc
magnumforc

And the politicians play into this crap denoting the coronavirus disproportionately affects blacks. Wanna guess why? You can't fix ghetto stupid.

Stanracer
Stanracer

No wonder so many black people are dieing from covid-19. Apparently the rules don't apply to them.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Just as smart as the whites gathering to yell. Weird how the police reaction was different for this group.

Razorbackfan
Razorbackfan

The usual section 8 hood rats with NO COMMON SENSE.

Tweedlealice47
Tweedlealice47

OOPS! Free cook off is tempting. Where is the follow up as: who is sick w the virus??

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Why am i not surprised at the race of these law breakers? Our tax dollars at work..most on medicaid n free housing..max amount of food stamps n 1200 check.600 week unemployment cuz lost part time job where they earned 100 a week..yep..TAX DOLLARS THROWN DOWN THE DRAIN ON THUGS

Bigg59
Bigg59

All you hear about is how high the Covid19 virus mortality rate amount Blacks is and no one knows why well this is a perfect example of why

CaptMorgan1848
CaptMorgan1848

Ghetto ass thrash is all they are

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Unacceptable behavior on a normal day let alone a pandemic. And we wonder why this numbers are still coming up.

Sad thing is, the young kids all they see here is the "bad guy" policemen breaking up their Easter get together, I'm sure not one of these hood rats will explain to their kids they were all doing wrong here.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Underlying health conditions called mental health here.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Next week they will all be saying its because of racism that blacks are being disproportionately struck down by this China virus.

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

Parasites!! Need some fumigation cleaning and some spaying and neutering wouldn't be a bad idea either.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Look at all that trash!

flybynight
flybynight

"Let them keep going out, with no face masks and absolutely no police trying to stop them.

Letting the herd cull itself is going to go well for millennials looking to buy a house in the near future"

Quote lowestcom 4-22-20 but I'm sure he didn't mean this herd.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

just discovered there is a hide option finally, gonna start using it now. bye trolls


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