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249 people were shot by Florida authorities in 2013, 2014

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A newspaper has reported that Florida law enforcement agencies shot people an average of once every three days in 2013 and 2014. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Monday that Florida authorities shot at least 249 people in the two-year span, with 162 of the shootings being fatal. The newspaper reported the numbers after making hundreds of public records requests and combing through hundreds of media reports. Still, it says the statistics are likely incomplete because authorities don’t have to release…

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FDLE “can’t keep up” with officer-involved shooting caseload, requests $3.4M for new agents

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Whenever there is a police officer-involved shooting, supervisors often call the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for an independent investigation. Now the agency is struggling to keep up. According to WFTS Tampa, FDLE’s caseload on officer-involved shootings jumped 31 percent last year; and rising 117 percent during the past five years. The backlog is leaving the FDLE “overwhelmed.” “We anticipate the requests for FDLE to investigate officer involved shootings to continue to increase,” FDLE representative Gretl Plessinger told WFTS. Dealing…

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