Brevard County Deputy Suspended For Facebook Post
(Titusville, FL) -- A couple Facebook posts has a Brevard County deputy facing discipline. Sheriff Wayne Ivey announced yesterday he has suspended Lieutenant Bert Gamin for posts made this weekend. In the posts Gamin invited Minneapolis police officers and others to come to Florida where there is no spineless leadership and where law enforcement is supported. Ivey calls the comments extremely distasteful and insensitive.An internal affairs investigation is underway.
Grievance Filed Against Orange County Sheriff
(Orlando, FL) -- Orange County's sheriff is facing criticism from his own deputies. A union that represents deputies filed a grievance yesterday against Sheriff John Mina. The grievance comes after Mina changed the use of force policy last week to require deputies to intervene if they anticipate or witness excessive use of force. The Orlando Sentinel reports the union wants the word 'anticipate' removed, and it also says Mina failed to give deputies ten days notice about the change as required.
Curry Forming Committee To Study Police Reform
(Jacksonville, FL) -- It appears calls for police reform are being heard in Jacksonville. Mayor Lenny Curry announced yesterday he's forming a committee to study what changes can be made to better serve the community. He didn't announce specifics, but he said the committee will include members of the sheriff's office, the state attorney's office and the public defender's office. Meanwhile, state Attorney Melissa Nelson announced she'll look into releasing body cam video from officer-involved shootings.
Jacksonville To Remove All Confederate Monuments
(Jacksonville, FL) -- Jacksonville is removing symbols of its Confederate past. The city yesterday removed a statue of a Confederate soldier that stood in Hemming Park for over a hundred years. Mayor Lenny Curry said yesterday other Confederate monuments will also be removed, but he didn't offer a timeline.
Five-Year-Old Boy Hits Hole In One
(Sunrise, FL) -- A golf pro is praising a five-year-old boy's natural talent after he hit a hole in one during a Florida golf clinic. William Kelly hit it on the 13th hole at the Bridges of Springtree Golf Club in Sunrise. The boy said he used a seven iron to do something golfers go their whole lives without ever accomplishing. The City of Sunrise honored the boy and his shot on its Facebook page.
Texas Attorney Eggs Judge's Car Over Stay Home Order
(The Woodlands, TX) -- One Texas attorney is admitting to egging a judge's car over a COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Eric Yollick, of The Woodlands, says he threw one egg at Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough's car because he was not listening to anyone calling the order "unconstitutional." Yollick claims it was a joke, that he gave Keough 20 dollars for a car wash, and they hugged it out later. But, Keough reached out to the police after. The attorney has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. Yollick says the judge only pressed for charges after he criticized him more.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1998, a Florida jury ordered tobacco giants Brown and Williamson to pay almost one-million-dollars to the family of a man who had died after smoking the company's cigarettes fro almost 50 years. The verdict was later overturned in an appeals court.
1985, Coca Cola announced the return of its 99-year-old formula.
1943, the ball point pen was invented.
1854, the first class graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.