BLUE LIVES MATTER
The Official Statement of the Blue Lives Movement
"Blue Lives Matter is glad to see a Governor like Rick Scott who isn't afraid to stand up for justice.
Thank you, Governor Scott, for seeking justice for the families of Lieutenant Clayton, Deputy Lewis, and Sade Dixon, and for standing up for police officers everywhere. We wish there were more like you, who aren't afraid to step up and do the right thing."
ORLANDO, Fla., March 16, 2017 | | – In an executive order issued on Thursday afternoon, Florida Governor Rick Scott removed State Attorney Aramis Ayala from prosecuting the Markeith Loyd case for her refusal to seek the death penalty.
In a statement, issued by Governor Scott’s office, he had asked for the State Attorney to recuse herself from the case after she announced in a press conference Thursday morning that she was not seeking the death penalty in the Markeith Loyd case. She said she had the discretion not to, and that she would not seek the death penalty for any case that was prosecuted by her while she was in office.
Many expressed outrage, including the president of the Orlando Fraternal Order of Police, Orlando Police Chief John Mina, State Representative Bob Cortes, Governor Scott, and Blue Lives Matter.