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Bill would require LEOs to wear body cameras during traffic stops

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In an effort to promote public safety, a state legislator filed a bill widening by a far margin the state’s use of body cameras by the law enforcement community at large. State Rep. Al Jacquet filed HB 513 Monday. The bill would, if enacted, require officers to wear and use body cameras while conducting routine traffic stops every time. “Body cameras are a tool to increase public safety that help protect both officers and the citizens they serve,” Jacquet said in…

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Bike citations in Tampa down 81 percent from a year ago

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Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward told the City Council Thursday that citations of bicyclists in the city are down 81 percent this July, compared to a year ago. The department made only four citations in July, compared to 21 in July 2015, an 81 percent decrease. There was an even greater reduction in May, when the TPD made only six citations, compared to 32 in May 2015. Those citations did spike up in June, with 11 cyclists cited this year, versus…

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Rick Scott signs raft of 33 bills into law

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A day after signing nine bills into law on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott gave final approval to 33 bills passed during the 2016 Legislative Session late Thursday morning. The raft of newly enacted legislation includes HB 93 by Democratic Rep. Shevrin Jones, which requires Florida law enforcement agencies to “establish policies and procedures regarding the use” of police body cameras. The bill does not require all police to actually use the cameras, but it does appear it could hasten the arrival of police body cameras…

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Bill to develop guidelines for police body cameras clears the Florida Senate

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Law enforcement agencies could soon have to follow certain guidelines if their officers wear body cameras. The Florida Senate voted 37-0 to approve a bill (HB 93) that requires police to develop standards that govern how agencies use, maintain and store body cameras and recorded data. “This is a very important bill for our community,” said Sen. Oscar Braynon, a Miami Gardens Democrat. “It is good to know that someone like Sen. Smith and Rep. Jones are doing something to…

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Florida may enact standards for police body cameras

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Law-enforcement agencies that use body cameras may soon have to follow certain guidelines. The Florida House on Friday passed a bill that would require police to develop standards for the use of body cameras and how the audio and video files will be stored. The bill (HB 93) does not mandate that police must use body cameras. Most Florida law-enforcement agencies don’t use the devices. However, there’s been a push nationally to increase their use in the wake of police…

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Body camera bill poised for House vote

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A bill to require the use of body cameras for Florida law enforcement officers is ready for a vote before the full House after getting final approval in a committee. The House Judiciary Committee passed HB 93 by Rep. Shevrin Jones by a unanimous vote Thursday. Jones, a Broward Democrat, said his bill would provide comprehensive protections for residents  and law enforcement officers both. Florida has seen a rash of shooting deaths at the hands of police in recent years. Criminal justice reform advocates say…

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Shevrin Jones named state director of Young Elected Leaders group

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Broward Democratic state Rep. Shevrin “Shev” Jones has been named State Director for the Network of Young Elected Leaders, a group affiliated with People For the American Way. Jones, 32, was elected in a vote late last year and will help direct the left-leaning group’s advocacy and organization efforts, which focus on social justice and progressive economic issues. “I believe such an investment should be made in this selected group of citizens because we play an essential part in impacting our nation now and…

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