Black Lives Matter

Ben Frazier

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama tried to console the families of Dallas' slain police officers and ease the tensions of a restless nation.

The president was joined on stage by a slew of officials at the interfaith service, including former President George W. Bush.

President Obama closes out his second term amid lingering divisions over race, gun violence and police relations.

Those divisions are painfully felt in Jacksonville, where a series of controversial incidents involving police officers shooting civilians have sparked vigils and protests.

Ben Frazier, spokesperson with the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, joins us to discuss these shootings, Black Lives Matter, police relations, and more.


Hundreds of people took to Jacksonville’s streets Sunday to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Springfield.

The statue of Andrew Jackson in Downtown Jacksonville has been vandalized twice in the past week. On June 30, a Native American mask was placed on the monument in reference to Jackson's signing of the 1830 Indian Removal Act. Most recently, the statue was tagged with the phrases “Black Lives Matter” and “Justice 4 D," a reference to D'Angelo Stallworth who was shot and killed by officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in May.

Several monuments across the South have been tagged with the words "Black Lives Matter" recently, primarily Confedarate statues. We speak with Ciara Taylor of the activist group the Dream Defenders, and Emily Lisska, Director of the Jacksonville Historical Society.


For the second time in a week the Andrew Jackson statue in front of the Jacksonville Landing was vandalized.

Early Sunday, someone spray-painted "Black Lives Matter" and "Justice for D" a reference to D'Angelo Stallworth who was shot and killed by officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in May.

Officers were serving an eviction at the Planters Walk Apartment complex on Blanding Boulevard. Police say Stallworth put a gun to one of the officer's chest.

Gregory Todaro / WJCT News

Jacksonville activists responded to Wednesday night’s shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina, church Thursday morning.

The group came together at Chamblin’s Uptown, a bookstore downtown, to plan how the local community should show its support.

The regular morning crowd mixed with those gathered to reflect on Charleston.

Middleburg resident Karen Rhodes was waiting for her grandson to finish art camp.

She says she overheard the group leader, Aleta Alston-Touré, talking to the assembled Black Lives Matter organizers.