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7/10/19: JSO Controversial Arrest; Lights For Liberty; She Is Fierce!

A video of JSO officers slamming a suspect's head on the ground.

On the Fourth of July, a video broadcast by WJXT news partner News4Jax, showed a white JSO officer slamming a black suspect’s head into the pavement. 

Now the Jacksonville NAACP branch is demanding an outside review of the controversial arrest. 

Dan Scanlan is a reporter covering the case for The Florida Times-Union. He joined First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Wednesday to tell us more on his findings.

Lights for Liberty

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Attorney Toby Gialluca and Florida Refugee Organizer Basma Alawee joined First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Wednesday.

Reports coming from detention camps around the United States say migrant children are being separated from their parents against a court order, according to the Houston Chronicle. Some people in Jacksonville and around the nation are taking a stand on the issue.

On Friday night, activists will join rallies around the world for the nationwide vigil, Lights for Liberty, to end human detention camps at the southern border. 

Florida Refugee Organizer Basma Alawee sought asylum in the U.S. several years ago. She joined us along with founder of Liberty for Lights and attorney  Toby Gialluca, who is working with refugees in Texas.

She Is Fierce!

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Officer Lakesha Burton (left) and She Is Fierce founder Kelly Youngs (right) joined us.

She Is Fierce! is an event hosted by Melissa Ross, that will share the stories of local Jacksonville leaders and women that are on the rise.  

The event will take place on Wednesday, July 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Cummer Museum.

Founder Kelly Youngs and one of the speakers for the event, JSO Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton, joined us with a preview.

Madison Roberts can be reached at or (904)358-6317.

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