Ben Frazier

Outside sign of Robert E. Lee High School.
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A group of progressive activists is gathering Tuesday in support of the effort to rename some Duval County schools. 

Speakers will include 13-year-old Duval County student and activist Grace Mae, as well as Pastor Phillip Baber, Regional Director of the Florida Poor People’s Campaign. 

Outside of the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office on Jacksonville's Northside.
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Following a report by WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union that cited rules violations, Duval County Canvassing Board Chair Brent Shore has resigned from his role

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
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After a summer of protests, with local activist groups calling for more accountability and transparency from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, one city councilman is introducing legislation to form a citizen review board.

Ben Frazier, along with other acitivsts, holding their fists in the air at the steps of City Hall.
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A group of local activists spoke outside Jacksonville City Hall Friday morning, demanding a timeline for the removal of Confederate monuments throughout the city that was promised last month and a dialogue between themselves and local leadership. 

Huge American flag covering the courthouse, while there are protesters below it with Black lives matter signs, among other signs. All of them have masks on.
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Protests resumed Sunday outside the Duval County Courthouse.  

JEA

Leaders in Jacksonville’s African-American community are reacting to racially-insensitive emails that were circulated among JEA employees.

The emails came to light at the same time the public utility is being federally investigated for alleged racial discrimination in hiring.


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.

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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.

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Jacksonville police are trying to determine why an officer shot an unarmed man after a car chase this weekend.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday it’s conducting an internal investigation. But some community activists say that’s not enough and are calling for an independent review of the incident.