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Florida House OKs bill on excessive use of force by police

A law enforcement officer would be required to intervene if another officer uses excessive force, and all officers would have to receive more training to avoid excessive force under a bill unanimously passed by the Florida House on Monday. The passage comes amid a national debate on police actions that have resulted in the deaths […]

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Lee County NAACP wants to talk reform with FMPD, LCSO

Lee County NAACP wants to make sure that law enforcement is serving you. On Saturday, the president of the Lee County NAACP asked in a letter to meet with Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno and Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs. They want to continue discussing police reform and community engagement. “To their point, they […]

Police reform legislation has ‘more momentum’ post Chauvin verdict

One of the co-sponsors of the House police reform bill said Tuesday that the police reform bill passed earlier this year that stalled in the Senate has “absolutely more momentum” after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. And a key Republican senator said Tuesday that police reform is a “is a topic ripe […]

AP source: DOJ to announce Minneapolis police probe

Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to announce that the Justice Department is opening a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis after the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The announcement comes a day after former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty […]

Dr. David Thomas on the Derek Chauvin trial and its aftermath

WINK News anchor Lindsey Sablan talks to retired police officer and Florida Gulf Coast University professor of justice studies Dr. David Thomas on what ramifications the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial may have for police reform nationwide. Watch the full intereview above.

Florida House to take up police reform bill

A bipartisan police reform bill is being debated in the Florida House. The measure addresses controversial police tactics such as chokeholds and whether to ban them. The proposal would also require officers to intervene and stop another officer from using excessive force. The goal: to gain trust in law enforcement. The calls for police reform from […]

Nancy Pelosi says House will vote on war powers resolution this week. (Credit: AP)

House approves police reform bill named in honor of George Floyd

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed policing legislation named in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody has sparked nationwide calls to address police misconduct and racial injustice and prompted weeks of protests and civil unrest. The bill passed largely along party lines amid Republican opposition with a final tally of 236-181. […]

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FMPD, city council members to meet for discussion on police reform

The possibility of real police reform is coming to the City of Fort Myers. Police Chief Derrick Diggs is expected to be at Monday’s meeting so the city council can ask him questions and discuss ways to combat racism and police brutality in Fort Myers. Councilman Johnny Streets is a former police officer and said […]

Fort Myers councilman wants to see reform at FMPD sooner rather than later

A Fort Myers councilman wants to act now when it comes to police reform. Johnny Streets is asking the city council to put the topic on next week’s meeting agenda. This comes after the Minneapolis City Council pledged to dismantle their police department following protests over the death of George Floyd. There are two former […]