Faith groups come together to help solve community problems

March 27, 2017. News4Jax.com

JACKSONVILLE, FL – More than 1,000 Jacksonville faith leaders from 38 congregations converged Monday for what they called a night of action.

Just a few of the topics discussed at ICARE’s Nehemiah Assembly were civil citations for juvenile offenders, resources for the homeless and how to revitalize Northwest Jacksonville.

Interfaith group continues call for racial bias audit of Charleston Police Department

March 22, 2017. The Post and Courier.

Members of a local interfaith advocacy group are continuing to call for a specialized audit of alleged racial bias within the Charleston Police Department.

During a press conference outside of North Charleston City Hall on Tuesday, members of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry said Mayor John Tecklenburg has resisted calls for such an audit, instead prioritizing an overall audit of all city departments for performance and efficiency.

Justice Ministry addresses area law enforcement concerns

March 22, 2017. Telemundo Amarillo.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) –

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) addressed what it calls “racial discrimination” by Charleston area law enforcement Wednesday afternoon at North Charleston City Hall.

Last year, North Charleston’s police practicing was the groups focus. CAJM members stated today they are happy with the progress made in the North Charleston area.

Should first-time juvenile offenders receive citation instead of arrest?

March 20, 2017. News4Jax.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Under some new legislation moving through the state Senate, first-time misdemeanor offenders under the age of 18 would receive a civil citation instead of an arrest record, but Florida’s sheriffs and police chiefs are pushing back on the idea.

As is outlined in the Senate bill, police would be required to issue civil citations to first-time juvenile misdemeanor offenders for 11 crimes.

Community reacts to FMPD’s call for federal help

March 10, 2017. NBC2.com

FORT MYERS, FL – Community leaders are feeling a sense of vindication after they requested Chief Derrick Diggs seek outside help to investigate the police department — and he went to the feds for that help.

Diggs is asking the Department of Justice to launch the investigation just days after a city council meeting where dozens lodged their complaints about the Freeh Group’s audit of the department.