Florida Mayor Orders Police To Remove Man Who Won’t Stand During Pledge Of Allegiance And Prayer
A Florida Mayor asked police to remove a man from a city commission meeting on Thursday night because he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. “I just said, ‘Either stand or go in the hallway.’ He wouldn’t,”Mayor John Rees said. “It wasn’t premeditated. I just reacted. It hit me. I said it. I gave him an option…Life will go on.”
[su_center_ad]According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Mayor of Winter Garden said he considered the man’s refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to be disrespectful to American military troops who are serving overseas and others who have given their lives in defense of freedom.
Next he will be removing people for not wearing flag pins.
The man was identified as 51-year-old Joseph Richardson.
The video shows Rees asking everyone to stand first for the invocation, to which Richardson says, “I don’t think I have to.”
At that point Commissioner Bobby Olszewski offered the invocation, asking for a blessing on the citizens and city staff. “We thank you for allowing us to be in country where we’re free to believe and think and pray,” he said.
Ironically, it was right after that prayer that Rees addressed Richardson who was seated.
“Now, sir, please stand while we do the pledge. You don’t have to say it, but please stand,” he said.
When Richardson didn’t stand, Rees spoke to Police Chief George A. Brennan.
“Chief? Ask him to either stand or please escort him out ’til we get through the Pledge,” the mayor said.
The police chief approached Richardson who was still seated and asked, “What are you going to do?”
Rees said he recognized Richardson from previous meetings. “He doesn’t come to the meetings because he cares about the city,” Rees said.
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