City Mayor Blasted For Labeling Pride Accident in Florida 'Terrorist Attack'

© REUTERS / CHRIS DAY/SUN SENTINELPolice and firefighters respond after a truck drove into a crowd of people during The Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival in Wilton Manors, Florida, U.S. June 19, 2021
Police and firefighters respond after a truck drove into a crowd of people during The Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival in Wilton Manors, Florida, U.S. June 19, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.06.2021
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A pride march in Wilton Manors, Florida, was canceled after a deadly incident occurring at the beginning, when a man drove a truck into a crowd of celebrants, killing one person and injuring another.

The mayor of the Florida city of Fort Lauderdale, Dean J. Trantalis, who was among the first to react to the Saturday incident at a pride march in Wilton Manors, issued a statement on Sunday in which he changed his previous estimation of what happened, from "terrorist attack against LGBTQ community" to "an accident". 

"I was an eyewitness to the horrifying events", Trantalis stated. "It terrorized me and all around me. [...] I feared it could be intentional based on what I saw from mere feet away. Law enforcement took what appeared obvious to me and others nearby and investigated further - as is their job. As the facts continue to be pieced together, a picture is emerging of an accident in which a truck careened out of control."

His statement came amid clarification from authorities that the Wilton Manors incident was not a criminal act but a tragic accident.

​Users immediately criticized him for his initial reaction to the incident, saying that he should have apologized while some called for the mayor's resignation.

​The wave of reactions came after a man drove a truck into the crowd of pride marchers in Wilton Manors on Saturday, killing one person and injuring another. The mayor's reaction was seen in multiple reports on the incident, but later officials confirmed that it was an tragic accident, and not a "terrorist attack".

After the incident, the Wilton Manors chief of police, Gary Blocker, issued a statement, in which he clarified that what happened was "a tragic accident and not a criminal act directed at anyone".

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