FLORIDA – A Florida man was arrested last week for his alleged role in a neo-Nazi rally in Orlando in June.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents, with the assistance of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), arrested Jason Brown, 48, of Cape Canaveral, for allegedly hanging swastikas and other antisemitic banners along the Daryl Carter Parkway Bridge in Orlando.
He has been charged with Criminal Mischief, said the FDLE.
According to the FDLE, there are currently three outstanding arrest warrants for additional demonstrators who live out of state and whose actions were in violation of newly enacted state law.
The suspects are accused of placing banners along a fence on June 10 without getting formal permission, which is against a new state law. House Bill 269, which Governor Ron DeSantis signed earlier this year, forbids anybody from projecting or exhibiting pictures on a building, structure, or piece of land without authorization.
The banners hung directly above I-4 and had racist sentiments and Swastika flags.
According to the FDLE, Brown claims to be a member of the antisemitic extremist organization “Order of the Black Sun.”
“We want to thank Governor DeSantis for his support of law enforcement and for the signing of HB 269, giving us the tools to arrest this hate-filled radical,” said FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass.
“This activity will not be tolerated in the greatest state in the country, Florida.”
“Florida is a law-and-order state. Today’s arrest demonstrates Florida’s commitment to protecting residents from attention-seeking extremists,” said Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Dave Kerner.
“On behalf of Colonel Gary L. Howze, II, and the nearly 2,000 FHP State Troopers who enforce our state law 24 hours a day, seven days a week, thank you, Governor DeSantis, for working to rid this state of intimidation, vitriol, and hate directed towards people of faith, and for empowering law enforcement to do the same.”