Tonight, Miami-Dade County asked City of Miami officials to postpone a fireworks display the city had planned for this evening in honor of hospital workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Gimenez has reached out to Mayor Suarez, in light of the current protests happening in and around Miami, related to the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The sound of fireworks could easily be mistaken for explosions, and we want to make sure that all of our residents are safe and able to exercise their First Amendment right to protest without any fear of violence.
Mayor Gimenez is concerned that protestors have moved their demonstration onto I-95 this afternoon, creating a dangerous situation for themselves and others. This is not the place or way to protest.
The death of George Floyd was clearly an assault on the dignity of human life. We must all stand up against this sort of injustice, but we must be done peacefully.