Officer Involved Shooting

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Law enforcement agencies across the state are undergoing implicit bias training to re-evaluate the way they interact with minority communities. But what does the training entail?

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Communities across the county are doing some soul searching in the wake of the deaths of two black men by police officers. And people are still reeling from the shootings of several Dallas police officers by a black army veteran. Now some Tallahassee residents are saying they'd like to see more conversations happening around race in America—and not just when tragedies occur.

Leon County law officials are calling for unity following the killings of five police officers in Dallas, Texas.

The family of Kaldrick Donald believes a Gretna police officer wrongly killed their son during a routine call to ensure Donald took medication.
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The family of 24-year-old Kaldrick Donald plans to take legal action after Donald was shot and killed in their home by a Gretna law enforcement officer.  The lawsuit will follow an ongoing investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Early in the morning, October 28th, Gretna Police sergeant Charles Brown responded to the home of Kaldrick Donald.  The family’s attorney, Craig Brown says Donald’s mother called the police for help getting Donald to take his medication, “which she had done in the past, without any incident.”

In less than two weeks, a group of community leaders and local officials is expected to come up with ways to help reduce Tallahassee’s sudden increase in gun violence, and some members of the panel say they’re ready to start.

Heather Mitchell is the President of the United Way of the Big Bend, and one of the newly established 16-member Community Leadership Council on Gun Violence. Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo recently announced it was part of a five-prong approach to get feedback, after a series of officer-involved shootings in recent weeks.

Police officers involved in two recent shootings of suspects have been cleared of wrongdoing by a Leon County grand jury.  State Attorney Willie Meggs says the officers followed the law and took the actions they felt were necessary to protect the public and themselves.