Vernell Bing Jr

Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Tessa Duvall from The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and blogger Fred Matthews (01:16).

 

Gabriel House of Care Executive Director Valerie Callahan talked about their upcoming Living Well Symposium (42:05).

We also spoke with author Larry Baker who sets his novels in Northeast Florida (46:24).

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State Attorney Melissa Nelson decided not to pursue changes against Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Tyler Landreville’s fatal shooting last year of Vernell Bing Jr. But that doesn’t mean the story is over.

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck on State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s decision not to prosecute Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Tyler Landreville for the May 2016 shooting death of Vernell Bing Jr. (01:20). We heard about the efforts of World Relief to assist victims of disasters like Hurricane Irma with Senior Vice President of Ministries Emily Gray and Travis Trice of World Relief Jacksonville (33:21) and we spoke with new CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida Sara Alford and Board Chairman Jason Spencer  (43:22).   


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The Jacksonville Progressive Coalition led a protest in Hemming Park Friday against the policies of Republican State Attorney Angela Corey.


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


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The FBI will review the police shooting death of 22-year-old Vernell Bing, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams announced Friday.

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Vernell Bing, Jr. Shooting

The police shooting death of Vernell Bing Jr. continues to provoke outrage across many neighborhoods in Jacksonville.

The incident has sparked longstanding tensions, at a time when Sheriff Mike Williams says he wants to focus his agency on improving relations in the neighborhoods most angry with his police force.

The 22-year-old Bing, who was unarmed, died on May 22 after crashing a stolen Chevrolet Camaro head-on into a braking patrol car at 53 miles an hour, ending a high-speed chase at a Springfield street corner.

The officer involved, Tyler Landreville, fired five times at Bing after he refused to comply with Landreville’s commands.

Protests and pressure have been constant since Bing’s death, with local organizations calling for an independent review of the incident and a Justice Department investigation.

Ben Frazier is with the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, one of the groups calling for more transparency in the case.

He joins us with his thoughts.