By Mike Scott In 2009, I started mentoring a young man who was headed down the wrong path. Unfortunately, I didn't come in his life soon enough. When I met him at 13 years old, he had already been arrested 9 times. Just a few years later he would be DIRECT FILED (kids sent to ADULT JAILS).
Direct File occurs when a state has given the prosecutor power to file charges against a juvenile directly in adult criminal court. I've mentored kids as young as 13 years old who were sent to ADULT PRISON for NON VIOLENT CRIMES and are still incarcerated as I write this. But let me get back to my main reason for this post.
Candidates in the Orange County Sheriff's race is fighting a zebra. Here are some of my observations.
John Mina John Mina had been a life long Republican when he was appointed to be Orlando's Chief of Police. When he decided that he wanted to be Orange County Sheriff, he thought that becoming a Democrat would be a better cover. So he burned his Republican team colors and bought a loosely fitting Democrat jersey.
Florida Rep. Bruce Antone, Lawanna Gelzer and others announce the formation of a Community task force on police use-of-force and accountability to residents. Rep. Antone opening comments focused on continuing his failure to represent the community and how he and Lawanna Gelzer will maintain the status quo.
By David Porter I sent this note to the OPD chief this morning: Dear Chief Rolon, I was dismayed by your My Word in the Orlando Sentinel. Based on what I read, you apparently think the protests and criticism of police are the fault of social media and can be fixed with public relations. Small tweaks to the use-of-force policy are insufficient. You and I both know the recent obscene acts of police violence in Minneapolis and Atlanta can happen in Orlando 5 minutes from now because within the ranks of OPD there are cops who are: racist, rude, brutal, trigger-happy, stupid, and dangerous.
When I am speeding 34mph in a 30mph no passing zone and someone is riding by bumper honking their horn and waving the finger at me, I will generally slow down to about 25mph, just to get them a little more pissed off. Who the hell are they, that I should alter my agenda for them?
By Natalie Jackson, Esq. Dear Ryan Williams: Why are you lying about your prosecution of #NOELCARTER when you should just apologize to him?
Why are you willing to continue slandering NOEL CARTER'S name by accusing him of "putting his hands on a woman" and insinuating that he is a woman beater when you know that the woman in question said that did not happen and Noel wouldn't hurt her? In fact, YOU DIDN'T EVEN TRY TO OBTAIN THE WOMAN FOR TRIAL BECAUSE SHE TOLD YOU THAT THE ACCUSATIONS MADE BY THOSE DIRTY COPS THAT NOEL "BATTERED" HER BY TOUCHING HER ELBOW WAS UNTRUE!!