The Florida Association of Code Enforcement (F.A.C.E.) is requesting that the State Attorney in Alachua County conduct a full investigation of a confrontation over masks that occurred at a Publix grocery store. In a letter to the State Attorney, F.A.C.E requested that criminal charges be brought against the assailant if the investigation reveals it is appropriate. The officers involved contacted F.A.C.E. to express their thanks for the support.
F.A.C.E. is dedicated to promoting the safety, personal awareness, education, and recognition of code enforcement personnel throughout Florida. F.A.C.E. is deeply concerned with the rise of violent threats and actions against on-duty code enforcement officers throughout our nation. Too many code officers have been threatened, assaulted, and lost their lives already. Chapter 784 Florida Statutes provides for criminal charges for individuals who verbally threaten violence against others, and reclassification of charges when the victim is a code enforcement officer performing their duty. In today’s volatile climate, it is imperative that our justice system protect code officers, unarmed by statutory requirement, from violent respondents.
For more information, please read the links below:
Thank you from Officer: http://face-online.org/wp-content/uploads/Facemask-incident-at-Publix-Thank-You.docx
Florida Statute 784.083 Assault or Battery on Code Inspectors http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0700-0799/0784/Sections/0784.083.html