The U.S. experienced two high-profile shooting deaths of African-American men by police last week: Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN. Following those deaths, a lone gunman in Dallas, TX killed five law enforcement officers and injured nine others Thursday night at a Black Lives Matter protest that had otherwise been peaceful. In the wake of these shootings we’ll get reaction from Florida’s law enforcement community, including regarding a legislative effort to add law enforcement officers and firefighters to the state’s hate crime law.
We’ll also explore local community/police relations, the Black Lives Matter movement and racial tensions in southwest Florida.
James Muwakkil, President of the NAACP Lee County Chapter