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Orange County Considers Picketing Ordinance

Protesters begin gathering at the Orlando townhome of Derek Chauvin. (WMFE file photo/2020)

Orange County is considering restricting picketing in neighborhoods, a year after protesters gathered outside the Windermere vacation home of convicted killer Derek Chauvin. 

Orange County Attorneys introduced the ordinance Tuesday at the request of Sheriff John Mina and after talks with Mayor Jerry Demings. 

The ordinance would limit picketing a residence of a person who is a target of “criticism, objection, complaint, ridicule, or other protest.”

It would specifically prohibit picketing on public property, like sidewalks and streets, within a 150-foot radius around the targeted person’s home. The ordinance would only apply within the unincorporated area of Orange County

The Board of County Commissioners voted to hold a work session on the ordinance on June 22.

Protestors gathered in May last year outside the Windermere vacation home of later-convicted killer Derek Chauvin, after videotape surfaced of him kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. 

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After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to WMFE, the station that grew her love for public radio. She graduated with a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). While at UCF, she ... Read Full Bio »