3,000 people partying at memorial block party in Florida that ended with seven arrested

A massive memorial block party with 3,000 attendees in Florida over the weekend resulted in seven people arrested, one man tasered, one shot, and one deputy injured.

Shocking aerial and bodycam footage has been released showing thousands of locals in the streets in Southwest DeLand at a memorial block party for Kenya Alexander, a DeLand man who was murdered in 2008, from Saturday afternoon into Sunday.

Helicopter footage shows how the party spanned several blocks on West Lisbon Parkway with hundreds of cars parked along a corner of a park.

After the day event ended, the party took a violent turn where revelers threw bottles and bar stools at cops trying to break up the gathering around midnight, according to the Volusia Sheriff's Office.

While locals at the party said the gathering was peaceful and police incited the problems, the Volusia Sheriff's Office released body camera and helicopter footage in response to show just how the party had gotten out of hand.

Officers reported seeing a person in a car pointing a long gun out of a window and a loaded gun handed from one convicted felon to another.

Police reported that when they tried to break up the crowd the agitated bystanders used 'bottles, jars and bar stools against law enforcement as weapons or projectiles'.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ orders advise against large gatherings but do not actually ban them, making the block party legal. Cops were on site for traffic control purposes.

Still, there were many attendees who cast blame on the police.

'This is what they do to black people. Have a block party Downtown and see what happens. … It’s not fair; it’s not fair,' one party participant said to Beacon Online News.

'Can we enjoy ourselves? No. We are human too — black lives matter. Every life matters,' another attendee added.

Just after midnight deputies were walking in the 1200 block of South Delaware Avenue where there was a crowd of 1,500 people and officers saw two men exchanging a firearm.



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