Fort Myers Police Department

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A 70-page audit of the Fort Myers Police Department details a department in crisis.

The audit, prepared by the independent Freeh Group International Solutions, describes a department crippled by a loss of personnel in the last decade, and an understaffed police force that failed to develop "creative solutions to address emerging threats" like growing gang violence. In addition, the audit found allegations of favoritism and retaliation from within the department, leading to declining morale and a lack of qualified leadership.

John Davis, WGCU

The Fort Myers Police Department is outfitting all its uniformed patrol officers and sergeants with new body camera and taser technology.  Police Chief Derrick Diggs said the decision makes the FMPD one of the few in Florida to outfit all uniformed officers.

Crystal Johnson shares her thoughts on the relationship between police and the public at Thursday's meeting.
Matthew Smith, WGCU

The new chief of the Fort Myers Police Department, Derrick Diggs, led the first of several community engagement sessions Thursday that are being touted by the department as the  first step toward improving the department’s relationship with the people it polices.

Topher Forhecz/WGCU

Gov. Rick Scott spoke with media this afternoon about a mass shooting that took place early Monday morning outside a Fort Myers nightclub.

The club was hosting an event for teenagers. Two teens were killed and 18 people were injured

Topher Forhecz / WGCU News

Update 08/16/16  

One of three men arrested shortly after the Club Blu mass shooting in Fort Myers was in court Tuesday. 

Demetrius O’Neal appeared with his lawyer to plead not guilty to one count of resisting arrest. It is a misdemeanor charge.

O’Neal, Tajze Battle and Derrick Church were arrested the night of the shooting. Court documents say police received a call roughly a half hour after the shooting about a suspicious vehicle that was "unloading an injured party near a dumpster" in a nearby apartment complex.

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