June 5, 2020
A clash involving the Florida and U-S constitutions, along with the public’s interest to hold law enforcers accountable, is unfolding in Tallahassee. Lynn Hatter reports the central issue is Marsy’s Law. That was a constitutional amendment Florida voters approved in 2018 and the question is whether the victim privacy rights it guarantees applies to law enforcement in officer involved shootings. A Leon County judge has dismissed the case. And barring any last minute filings, the move paves the way for the name of the officer who shot Tony MdDade to be released.
Images of burning buildings, store lootings and clashes between police and demonstrators were playing out online and on the nation’s TV screens throughout the week. But in Florida’s Capital City, which certainly saw its share of protests, Robbie Gaffney reports the situation remained peaceful.
The coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest and now the advent of the Atlantic Hurricane Season with its potential for deadly and dangerous storms. Experts say Florida is facing a triple threat and it’s likely to be more harmful for people who are the most vulnerable. Regan McCarthy has the story.
Kids are suing the State of Florida over what they say is inaction on the climate action front. A lawsuit against the state is one of a series of such suits filed around the country on behalf of young people. Gina Jordan tells us a Leon County circuit judge dismissed the case this week.
A national higher-education advocacy organization has joined the legal fight to force the Florida Board of Education to require actual courses to fulfill the legal requirement for all college students to be literate in civics. Tom Flanigan has that.
This Saturday - tomorrow - will be the 76th anniversary of D-Day. The battle would come to represent the beginning of the end of WWII. From WGCU, Cary Barbor has the story of someone who was there.