Demonstrators Support, Denounce Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at Chicago FOP Hosted Speech in Elmhurst


DeSantis told a crowded banquet hall at the Knight of Columbus about how Florida supports their police officers, and offered incentives for CPD members to become Florida officers. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at an invitation-only event on Monday afternoon, February 20, 2023, that was promoted by Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge #7, and held at the rental hall of the Elmhurst Knights of Columbus, 537 South York Street in Elmhurst. Demonstrators gathered on both sides of the street in support and opposition of Ron DeSantis. Neither the City of Elmhurst or Elmhurst Police Department were affiliated with the event.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said DeSantis doesn’t represent the values of the people of Illinois, ahead of the event on Friday, February 17, 2023.

The Elmhurst Police Department alerted the public at 10:25 a.m. Monday that the police department was preparing for a private event that would take place in the area Monday afternoon, and involved the attendance of several in-state and out-of-state elected officials. Please anticipated reduced parking, and the possibility of crowds between 3-6 p.m. today in the York and Vallette business area.

An increase in police presence and directional signage was set up to ensure public safety due to the anticipation of crowds. Though this is not a City of Elmhurst or Elmhurst Police Department sponsored event, we are responsible for providing a safe environment for all parties to exercise their rights. Please urged citizens to follow the posted traffic control and parking signs in the area.

Demonstrators chanted …

Hey, hey; ho, ho; Ron DeSantis has got to go!

Go home, Ron!

Ron DeSantis is OK, whether not you’re straight or gay!



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