A petition calling for Gov. Ron DeSantis to block the United States Capitol Police field office in Tampa, Florida, has attracted more than 50% of required signatures in one month.
The Tampa Bay Young Republicans launched the petition in July and have drawn more than 2,600 signatures as of Aug. 7, while it seeks a total of 5,000 signatures to urge DeSantis to prevent the Capitol Police office from being established in Tampa to investigate American patriots following the January 6 election integrity protest in Washington, D.C.
The petition claimed that the field office demonstrates the Biden administration’s efforts to increase federal influence over state and local law enforcement.
“Over 500 unorganized people have already been arrested for Jan 6th and the FBI possesses over 15,000 Hours of footage of a 30 minute event,” it stated, asking that, “What else are we doing here that can’t be done within our existing judicial system and government agencies?”
This petition has called on Floridian governor and political leaders to protect the constitutional rights of Floridians from federal overreach and guarantee the state’s law enforcement to be represented by officials democratically elected by Floridians, according to National File.
The petition has also called on the Capitol Police to protect the U.S. Capitol exclusively, which it failed to do on January 6, 2021.