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People are not anti-police, they are pro-accountability, FLJC tells the Miami Herald

Newspaper speaks with FLJC Director of Legal Services about Derek Chauvin, George Floyd, and Civilian Oversight Panels.

Miami, FL (April 22, 2021) –

Florida Justice Center’s Director of Legal Services, Alex Saiz, Esq. was interviewed by Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle about the Derek Chauvin verdict, the murder of George Floyd, and police accountability in Miami. 

The article, “In Miami, Floyd verdict bolsters fight for reform. Police say they’re already working on it.”, there is a thorough examination of the Miami Civilian Oversight Panel and what, if any, effect it has had in holding police accountable for their actions.

From the article:

Alex Saiz, the legal director of the Florida Justice Center, the state’s only legal aid organization that handles criminal cases, said he hopes that the Floyd verdict will eventually push for the creation of an independent civilian body “with teeth” that — outside of the prosecutors’ office — can independently review police misconduct. In the wake of the Floyd verdict, Miami-Dade revived a civilian oversight panel, but it has limited subpoena power and has yet to meet.

“What the George Floyd verdict means is not that people celebrating are anti-police,” Saiz said. “They are just pro-accountability.”

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