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Photo: Observers at the Sasha Garden vigil in 2018 by Monivette Cordeiro, orlandoweekly.com
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A transgender woman was murdered in Orlando last week and how it was reported was awful


Last week, a transgender woman was found dead at the back of an Orlando apartment complex. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies found the body of 27-year-old Sasha Garden at the Reserve at Lake Buchanan Apartments on Holden Avenue around 5 a.m. on July 19. Investigators said her body had signs of trauma and described her death as a “homicide.” No suspects have been identified so far. Garden is the fourth black trans woman to be murdered in Florida within the span of five months. Like the other three women, Garden was initially misgendered in an offensive way by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and local TV news stations. Hours after Garden’s friends and family called them out, the Sheriff’s Office finally …
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Law Enforcement Agencies Pledge New Ways to Curb Violence in Pine Hills


Just days after a mother was shot at a gas station in Pine Hills, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orlando Police Chief John Mina are pledging new ways to keep that community safe. The announcement involves targeted crime reduction and collaboration with pastors and other officials. Pine Hills has seen a slight increase in gun violence over the past few weeks. One of the more recent shootings resulted in the death of a pregnant woman.
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File photo: Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings addresses reporters.
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Orange County Law Enforcement Agencies Kick Off “Operation Safe Holiday”


Law enforcement agencies across Orange County are partnering to prevent crime over the holiday season. The effort, called Operation Safe Holiday kicks off Friday with a message from newly re-elected county sheriff Jerry Demings and Orlando Police Chief John Mina to have fun, but stay vigilant. As part of the safety effort agencies plan to work with homeowners associations and private security teams in the area’s retail and tourism industry.
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