‘It’s a new day’: In the wake of Floyd killing, Florida looks to change police culture

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, July 9, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – A year after George Floyd’s death exposed deep divisions over race and policing, a new Florida law seeks to spark what supporters say is a needed cultural change across many law enforcement agencies. The measure orders that every police department have use-of-force policies, bans chokeholds and makes it…

Florida emerges as a cradle of the insurrection as Jan. 6 Capitol riot arrests keep piling up

By Zac Anderson and Dinah Voyles Pulver, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 17, 2021 Florida is emerging as a cradle of the insurrection as the fallout from the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol building paints a clearer picture of those involved. Florida is tied with Texas for the most individuals facing charges stemming from Jan. 6, with 47 arrests…

Re-evaluating role of police in our communities

Editor’s note: Fran Dance, Communications Chair for Charlotte Dems, submitted this editorial column to the Charlotte Sun. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, activists have called for re-evaluating the scope of police officers’ work. What would such a re-evaluation look like? Our county and city leaders and police executives would evaluate if a portion…

Charlotte County Democrats issue recommendations to local police to address racial bias

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Charlotte County Democrats issue recommendations to local police to address racial bias  by Fran Dance The Charlotte County Democrats (CC Dems) have released a twelve point set of recommendations to Punta Gorda Police Chief Pamela Davis and Charlotte County Sheriff Prummell for their consideration and response. This unorthodox approach to seek…