A body cameras bill is starting to move through the House and Senate. But, some lawmakers want another measure to move forward that mandates officers use the cameras at all traffic stops, citing a high profile South Florida death.
A Senate effort to expand Florida’s hate crime law to include law enforcement could be called the “Blue Lives Matter Act.” But, while the Florida Sheriffs supports the intent, they’re not so happy about the name.
Caught on cell phone videos and magnified by social media, law enforcement incidents dominate the news. Some Florida lawmakers are working on a host of measures to rebuild the relationship between police and the public.
The family of Corey Jones is advocating on behalf of a body cameras bill making its way through the Florida Legislature. Jones is the South Florida man killed by a plainclothes police officer months ago.
A new online poll suggests there’s overwhelming support for law enforcement across the nation to wear body cameras. It comes on the heels of some Florida lawmakers also saying there is an express need for the cameras, after a recent South Florida death.
Members of the Florida Black Caucus are asking for an independent investigation into the shooting death of a Palm Beach County man. 31-year-old Corey Jones’ car was stalled near an I-95 exit ramp early Sunday. He was killed after an encounter with a plain-clothes officer in an unmarked car.
Legislation surrounding body cameras has already been filed for the 2016 Florida legislative session. But, the topic in general is still drawing mixed reactions from law enforcement groups across the state.
Governor Rick Scott recently gave the nod to several priorities of the state’s first responder unions. Now, those unions are speaking out on what they’d like Florida lawmakers to include in the still-to-be-considered state budget.
Before the House quickly adjourned, two body cameras bills were quickly moving through the legislative process, with one already headed to the Governor—which means the status of one of the measures is unknown.