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2:00 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Clergy Members To North Miami Beach Police: "Use Me Instead" For Target Practice

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:28 pm

Clergy members across the country have a message  to the North Miami Beach police department in response to using  mugshots of black men for target practice: Use me instead.

The #UseMeInstead social media movement took off after a bullet riddled image of six black men was found by one of the men’s sister at a Medley gun range. The image sparked national outrage.

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Law & Order
9:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

After Recent High Profile Deaths, DCF Briefs Lawmakers On Strides Made

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll briefing members of the House Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee Thursday.

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:56 pm

The two high profile death incidents that occurred in recent months has already spurred a number of changes to Florida’s child welfare agency. That was part of an update two panels in the House and Senate received Thursday as part of a presentation looking at a new law overhauling the agency.

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Law & Order
6:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

North Miami Beach Community: Police Apology Not Enough

This bullet-riddled target sheet with mugshots of black men was found at Medley gun range.

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 11:10 am

About a week after news broke that North Miami Beach police officers were using mugshots of black men for target practice, the city’s police chief J. Scott Dennis met quietly with a group of black residents to apologize in an emergency meeting.

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Law & Order
6:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Could Florida’s New DOC Head Be Backing Away From Certain Earlier Candid Remarks?

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 9:19 am

Prison privatization has been a contentious issue in Florida—even costing one Florida Department of Corrections’ Secretary his job. But, after the latest DOC head made some candid remarks on the topic, could she now be backtracking?

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Law & Order
11:46 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Pinellas Sheriff 'Dog Rug' Sells for Almost $10K

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office K9's Axel and Riggs pose with the Office's 'In Dog We Trust' rug.
Credit Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Last week, media from all over the world picked up the story of the Pinellas Country Sheriff's Office's rug in their Largo headquarters that had the typo "In Dog We Trust" on it.

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Law & Order
10:05 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Campus Gun Bill Clears First Committee

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:50 pm

Florida lawmakers are considering whether to allow people to carry guns on public college and university campuses.

The bill comes in the wake of a November shooting at Florida State University, which injured three people—one critically—and left the gunman dead. During a committee hearing on the proposal, Eric Friday general counsel for the pro-gun lobby group Florida Carry, backed thebill.

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Law & Order
10:55 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Lawmakers To Soon Get New DOC Sec. Input, Also Discuss Gun Bill, Body Cameras

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 9:17 am

The two criminal justice panels of the Florida Legislature are slated to meet Tuesday to take up a number of issues from the state’s troubled prison agency to a gun bill allowing guns on campus.

Newly appointed Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julies Jones is expected to brief the Senate Criminal Justice Committee members about areas where the department is lacking and trying to improve.

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10:56 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Kentucky Teen "Bonnie & Clyde" Captured in Florida

An 18-year-old boy and his 13-year-old girlfriend accused of a crime spree ranging from Kentucky to Florida have been caught in Florida.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been taken into custody in Florida, Kentucky authorities said Sunday. Grayson County Sheriff officials say in a statement that 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident about 12:10 a.m.
Law & Order
8:06 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

As Governor Shuffles Agency Heads, FDLE Ouster Causes Stir

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:50 am

A former Florida Department of Law Enforcement official is accusing Governor Rick Scott of political payback after he removed Gerald Bailey as head of FDLE. It’s not unusual for a governor to shuffle agency heads at the start of a second term, but in Bailey’s case, the issue is about how and why his departure occurred.

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Law & Order
1:24 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Pinellas Sheriff Auctioning 'Dog' Rug for Charity

A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office rug bearing the misprinted phrase "In Dog We Trust" is being auctioned off, with the proceeds going to a local animal rescue.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

A rug containing a misprint that has gotten the attention of news outlets worldwide is on the auction block.

A couple of months ago, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office installed a pair of rugs in the lobby of its Largo headquarters. Earlier this week, a deputy realized that one of them read "In Dog We Trust" instead of "In God We Trust."

Thursday, the Sheriff's Office released a statement saying:

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Law & Order
4:30 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Concealed Carry Gun Bill Returns to State Legislature

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 10:18 am

A Central Florida lawmaker has reintroduced a bill allowing people to carry concealed weapons during a state of emergency.

State Sen. Jeff Brandes’, R-St. Petersburg, bill grants those who do not have a license to carry a concealed weapon permission to do so during a mandatory evacuation. That evacuation would be part of a declared state of emergency.

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Law & Order
3:30 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Pinellas Sheriff's Rug Error Goes Worldwide

This image released by ABC Action News shows the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office rug in Largo, Wednesday. The new rugs at the sheriff's administration building say "In Dog We Trust" instead of "In God We Trust."
Credit AP Photo/ABC Action News

UPDATED at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15:
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has released a very creative statement in regards to a rug in its headquarters bearing the typo "In Dog We Trust":

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will not "sweep anything under the rug."

In light of the continued and extensive interest regarding our plans for the "doggone" rug, at this time we can confirm that the rug will be auctioned online with proceeds to be donated to a local animal rescue group.

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Law & Order
7:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

House Panel to Consider Guns On Campus

Three people were shot in November on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee. Police killed the gunman.
Associated Press

A House panel is expected next week to take up a bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

The bill (HB 4005), filed by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, is scheduled to be considered Tuesday by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. It comes after a shooting incident in November at Florida State University that left three people wounded and the gunman killed by police.

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4:29 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

George Zimmerman Charged with Assault

The world knows George Zimmerman's name after the Trayvon Martin case. He was arrested today after police say he attacked his girlfriend.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Florida authorities say George Zimmerman has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.
Law & Order
10:05 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Bipartisan Group Of Florida Lawmakers Mulling Over Prison Reform Initiatives

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:21 pm

During their first week back, Florida lawmakers discussed some ways to reform the state’s prison system—currently plagued by allegations of inmate abuse by prison guards and cover ups.

Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) chairs the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. And, during a recent hearing, he briefed lawmakers on an overview of what’s been going on with the troubled prison system.

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