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WATCH: Local lawyer arrested during Gainesville City Commission meeting after removing his mask

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 4:55 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- A man was arrested inside the Gainesville City Hall chambers after removing his mask while speaking.

Ray Washington, a local lawyer and frequent commenter at the meetings, was speaking at the public comment podium during the Gainesville City Commission meeting when he removed his mask. Gainesville City Mayor Lauren Poe can be heard on the city commission stream asking Washington to put his mask on, Washington refuses and Poe adjourns the meeting.

In a video sent to TV20 by an individual at the meeting, you can see Washington surrounded by two GPD officers and City Manager Lee Feldman.

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After being trespassed by Feldman, Washington was arrested by the officers and escorted out of City Hall.

Masks are required on city property.

According to Feldman, mask rules are required for everyone’s protection. The Gainesville city manager told TV20, they informed Washington of the rules but he refused to put the mask on and was trespassed. After being trespassed and refusing to leave, Washington was arrested. Feldman adds that it was not the city’s intention to press charges or have someone arrested; they are trying to protect everyone.

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