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Media reports of increased incidents of hate crime have heightened awareness of the issue across the country, but in the case of one Naples man, personal experience spurred him to action.

Jeffrey Smith

A recent News-Press investigation by reporter Cody Delaney looks into allegations of a culture of racial discrimination and retaliation within the Fort Myers Police Department.  The report also finds allegations of unequal application of the law when it comes to officers dealing with white citizens versus minorities.  Five civil rights lawsuits have been filed by FMPD officers against the city or the police department, and six discrimination complaints have been filed with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission against the FMPD.  

The U.S. Department of Justice released a long-awaited report Wednesday morning that found Tampa Police unfairly stopped and ticketed black bicyclists as part of its bike stop program.