Orange County considers prohibiting picketing on public property near targeted person’s home

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — This week Orange County Commissioners discussed an ordinance that would prohibit picketing on public property such as sidewalks and streets within 150 feet from a targeted person’s home.

The proposal comes after hundreds gathered for days in front of the Windermere home of Derek Chauvin, the man convicted in the murder of George Floyd.

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Sheriff John Mina said it’s about protecting the homeowner.

But Orlando civil rights attorney Shannon Ligon said the proposal infringes upon constitutional rights.

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“It’s taking away our civil liberties and freedoms which our constitutional affords us as a property and homeowner, I understand what they are trying to protect, however we already have those laws on the books,” she said.

Karen Parks,

Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.