VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood spoke Tuesday about a rise in anti-Semitic messages.
It’s something he’s been speaking out against for months after messages and flyers were spread in places like Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach.
Officials said Volusia County isn’t the only place seeing this issue.
New FBI data shows anti-Semitic incidents are happening more and more across the country.
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In 2021, law enforcement said 12,000 people were victims.
With 14% being targeted for their religion, like what has been seen in Central Florida.
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Watch: Sheriff: ‘Cowardly scumbags’ spread anti-Semitic flyers throughout Volusia County
After yet another wave of neo-Nazi, extremist demonstrations happened earlier this year.
Chitwood said he’s continuing to fight back.
“It’s reprehensible it’s disgusting but it’s under that free speech umbrella,” Chitwood said.
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Chitwood is set to announce an update at 1 p.m. today on the hate groups activity.
Channel 9 will be at Chitwood’s news conference and will provide updates on Eyewitness News.
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