According to a report, the head of DeSantis’ Office of Election Crimes and Safety, Peter Antonacci, 74, died on September 23rd, 2022, after “abruptly” leaving a meeting. The Florida Governor’s office would not reveal the details or location of where Mr. Antonacci passed until forced to do so by a public records request by the non-profit Florida Bulldog.
The report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), which included an examination of the actual video of the incident states that, “At approximately 1:46pm Mr. Antonacci is observed standing up and walking out of the conference room.”
The official report continues to note that according to the video, Mr. Antonacci steadied himself on the wall prior to falling and striking his head.
The meeting Mr. Antonacci attended that day was in a conference room in the Governor’s office. The FDLE report says the attendees were Secretary of State James “Cord” Byrd, his general counsel Bradley McVay, FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass, FDLE Chief of Staff Shane Desguin, FDLE director of executive investigations Scott McInerney, Antonacci’s deputy Scott Strauss and two men and three women tagged only as “unidentified.” Elsewhere, however, one attendee is identified as FDLE general counsel Ryan Newman.
Florida Bulldog requested the FDLE’s public records in February after receiving a tip that Antonacci had died in the Governor’s office following an argument with DeSantis. The FDLE reports, however, make no mention of DeSantis being present.
The 17-page report contains several redacted sections. The context of the redactions did not plainly show how they qualified for exemptions. The redacted information appeared mostly to refer to the spot where Antonacci collapsed.
Security cameras video reviewed by investigating FDLE agents, and still photographs they took at the scene, were completely withheld and no autopsy was performed.
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