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Lake Worth city commissioner refusing to apologize

By Juan Carlos Fanjul bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

MIAMI, FL (WFLX) - Tuesday night, City Commissioner Cara Jennings is back at work representing the people of Lake Worth after getting out of jail.

Updated, TUE 10 PM: Originally, Cara Jennings was refusing to apologize after being arrested by Miami police Monday. She was protesting outside the Israeli Consulate in Miami.

Now, we've learned Jennings has apologized saying she did not mean to get the city of Lake Worth involved. She's also sorry if she's offended anyone; however, she still feels what she did was right.

Updated: TUE, 5 PM: The woman screaming at the top of her lungs while being arrested by Miami police Monday is none other than Lake Worth City Commissioner Cara Jennings.

She had mugshots taken following the arrest. But Jennings, a city commissioner since 2006, tells Fox 29 she did nothing wrong.

"I was charged with resisting arrest without violence. I exercised my right to freedom of speech on a public sidewalk," said Jennings.

The 32-year-old woman and about a dozen others were protesting outside the Israeli Consulate.

Jennings was standing on stilts while trying to call attention to an attack on Tristan Anderson, a human rights observer who was left in critical condition after Israeli troops hit him in the head with a tear gas canister during a protest overseas.

"The police requested that we not stand in front of the consulate, and we asserted it was a very wide sidewalk, and we were allowed to be there, but that was the basis of the arrest," she said.

Jennings says she has been arrested before for acts of civil disobedience during her tenure in office.

When asked what voters should think about her latest incident, "I think, the taxpayers should be concerned that Israel receives the most funding from the U.S.," she said.

When asked about Jennings' arrest, Lake Worth Mayor Jeff Clemens said, "I respect everyone's right to free speech, but, when you're an elected official, anytime you walk out the front door you are representing the city of Lake Worth. So, it's important you keep that in mind."

Jennings says she will fight the charges.

Previously: Lake Worth City Commissioner Cara Jennings was arrested Monday for a strange protest.

Demonstrators were upset that Israeli soldiers hit an American activist with a tear-gas canister in the West Bank last week causing him serious injuries.

Jennings had joined a protest outside of the Israeli Consulate when, Miami police say, things grew out of hand. Jennings was actually walking around on stilts.

Eventually, police made the crowd move across the street, but Jennings and two men refuse to move. Police pulled her down from the stilts and arrested her.

We were unable to reach Jennings for comment.

The protest caused the Israeli Consulate to be placed on lockdown because of security concerns.

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