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Local reaction to killing of Tyre Nichols; Jax mayoral race; psychedelic drugs; Cathedral Arts Project; sports

Tyre Nichols reaction
Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
Nearly 50 people attended Sunday afternoon rally in front of the Duval County Courthouse in support of the late Tyre Nichols, a Memphis man who was killed by police earlier this year. A video showing officers killing Nichols was released on Jan. 27.

Local activists are joining the nationwide call to demand justice for Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Memphis man who died three days after a traffic stop.

Five officers have been fired and are facing criminal charges, including second-degree murder charges.

The Jacksonville Community Action Committee held a rally downtown over the weekend to call for policing reform.

Guest: Michael Sampson II, executive director of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee.

Jax mayoral candidates target opponent’s record on JEA in ad war

The ad war in Jacksonville’s spring mayoral race is reviving an old issue: the failed attempt to sell JEA.

Guest: David Bauerlein, Florida Times-Union reporter.

Medical uses for psychedelic drugs

There are now more than 30 million psychedelic users in the U.S. as some states are legalizing, decriminalizing or funding research into therapeutic uses for psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs.

Guest: Dr. Jennifer Mitchel, professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Cathedral Arts Project marks a milestone

The Cathedral Arts Project is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month.

In honor of the milestone, Mayor Lenny Curry has proclaimed today Cathedral Arts Project Day in the city of Jacksonville.


  • The Rev. Kimberly Hyatt, CEO of the Cathedral Arts Project
  • Ariel Allen, student in the Cathedral Arts Project program

Sports update

The Super Bowl matchup is set as the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Even though the Jaguars won’t be playing, that hasn’t stopped them from adding some hardware to the trophy case.

Guest: Josh Torres, WJCT sports analyst.

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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.