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Bill To Create Statewide Police Misconduct Registry Filed In Florida

Rep. Geraldine Thompson speaks during an online press conference on January 11.
Rep. Geraldine Thompson speaks during an online press conference on January 11.

Windermere Democratic Representative Geraldine Thompson wants to create a statewide registry that keeps track of law enforcement officer misconduct. 

She says the legislative proposal is a result of findings that the Minnesota Police Officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck had multiple prior complaints.

“He had 15 complaints of excessive force," she said. "And had that been entered into a database that would’ve raised a red flag that this is someone who’s temperament, who’s personality, who’s training is really not fit for law enforcement.”

The registry would be posted on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website and made available to the public. 

The website would show each complaint filed, whether it involved use of force, and if it was deemed credible. 

The registry would also keep records of instances where an officer resigned or retired while under active investigation.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to WMFE, the station that grew her love for public radio. She graduated with a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). While at UCF, she was an intern for WMFE’s public affairs show, Intersection. In her spare time, Talia is an avid foodie and enjoys working out.