“Last week, someone, people in the crowd launched fireworks at the MPs who were there. They did the right thing, they backed up, they waited for more resources to come in, and then we went in and got on with the party, ”Gibson told ClickOrlando. “We dispersed it. A firearm was then recovered from this group.
The parties, which range in size from 50 to 100 people, draw gang members from all over central Florida.
“There are gangs who rent these houses and they come here in Osceola County. And it’s something we need to protect our residents, “said Gibson on the website. In April, a man was killed at one of these parties in Davenport, Polk County.
The sheriff is also concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in the county, which has recorded 5,556 cases of coronavirus, 248 hospitalizations and 38 deaths – and blames the parties for the spike.
“From what I’m told they are referred to as COVID-19 parties where they get together and try to mingle to potentially spread the virus among themselves if they are asymptomatic or whatever the case might be,” Gibson said. “We just saw a huge peak here in Osceola County.”
Residents of closed communities “are living a life of terror right now,” added Gibson.
“These are real situations, very dangerous situations, and our residents are scared, you know, and we don’t want that,” he said. “And we don’t want to feel, other than disperse that, that we are powerless and that they just keep happening. Osceola County cannot be listed as Party Central or COVID-19 Party Central. “