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Law Enforcement/Community Relations

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

Matt Puckett, Executive Director of the Florida Police Benevolent Association