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There’s more work to do to help cool racial tensions in America. That’s according to a recent nationwide survey commissioned by the National Bar Association.

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In the coming weeks, lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill mandating law enforcers across Florida wear body cameras while on patrol. But, the measure’s sponsor says it will now look different, after recent concerns were raised during a workshop in the House earlier this week.

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The sponsor of a bill requiring law enforcement across the state to wear police body cameras calls his bill a win-win for everyone. But, at least one group representing thousands of Florida police officers disagrees with the proposed mandate.

Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) filed the bill. Former Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith is set to file the Senate companion.

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The FBI is now investigating the vandalism of another predominately black Wakulla County church and some signs on Wednesday.  It comes after a number of the “KKK graffiti” incidents have struck the rural community.

Since the weekend, the KKK graffiti has shown up on three churches—most recently Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church—a box truck, and some road signs. And, Wakulla NAACP Chair Anginita Rosier says if the culprit isn’t caught, they’ll strike again.

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Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel has increased the reward to help get answers into a possible hate crime in Crawfordville.

On Monday, Creel announced his department is offering a $1,000 reward for any information the public can provide to make an arrest in the “KKK” graffiti that was sprayed at two predominately black churches and a box truck outside a country club over the weekend.

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The Wakulla County Sheriff’s office is offering a $1,000 reward for any information regarding possible hate crimes at two predominately black churches and a box truck outside a country club in Crawfordville over the weekend.

“And, I’ve had people calling in to want to donate to the award, which does my heart good, thinking that people are civic-minded enough to want to do like I want to do, which is to bring out community together and everyone get along, which is my major goal,” said Creel.

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A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras while out on patrol.

It’s not a coincidence Rep. Shevrin Jones’ (D-West Park) bill was filed after the nationwide debate began over police officers’ use of force, sparked by the fatal incidents in New York and Missouri.

“I know there’s a lot going on as it pertains to Eric Garner, I know the Ferguson situation is going on, a lot is going on, but those incidents’ were not the entire impetus behind the filing of the bill,” said Jones.

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Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel has now suspended five deputies following what he calls “insensitive” comments posted on Facebook about Ferguson, Missouri protestors.

Including his own number two—Undersheriff Trey Morrison—Creel has suspended Sergeant Eddie Wester, Detective Rick Buckley, and Detention Deputy Jeff Carroll.

The investigation into a suspended sheriff’s deputy for comments he made regarding the Ferguson, Missouri protestors has extended to others within the Wakulla County Sheriff’s department.

The grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teen, Michael Brown set off a series of protests and violent rioting around the nation. It also led many people to take to social media to vent their frustration either by empathizing with Brown’s family or Officer Wilson.