Latest Florida Department of Law Enforcement News

Panel finds probable cause to revoke sheriff's certification

Jun. 21, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

A state panel found probable cause Tuesday to revoke the law enforcement accreditation of a South Florida sheriff appointed after the Parkland school shooting, after investigators found he lied repeatedly about killing another teenager almost 30 years ago. The decision by the...

Police fatally shoot man who made 911 threat near Miami

Jun. 07, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A police officer fatally shot a man who called 911 and warned he was going to kill someone if officers didn't respond immediately to his location. When officers arrived at the location near Miami on Monday evening, they found a man in his 70s outside a home with a...

Florida officer faces manslaughter charge in man's death

Jun. 01, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer will be prosecuted on a manslaughter charge following the fatal shooting of a man he chased on foot last December, authorities said Wednesday. Joshua Payne, an officer with the Titusville Police Department along Florida's Space...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 01, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. May 31, 2022. Editorial: How Attorney General Ashley Moody failed Floridians The eyes of Texas’ legal establishment are on its disgraced attorney general, Ken Paxton. The Texas Bar has taken steps to discipline Paxton for...

'Ghost' candidate, 2 operatives face charges in Florida

May. 24, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Two political operatives and an independent candidate who opponents say hardly campaigned and only entered a state Senate race in central Florida in 2020 to siphon off votes from a Democrat were criminally charged on Tuesday. Prosecutors filed election finance...

Gov. DeSantis still hasn't made decision over sheriff's lies

May. 11, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis still has not said whether he will discipline a major county sheriff he appointed who state investigators found lied repeatedly about killing another teenager almost 30 years ago despite saying more than three months ago that he would soon...

Florida prison guards charged with murder in inmate beating

Apr. 28, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three Florida correctional officers were arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the fatal beating of a handcuffed prisoner who had thrown urine at one of the officers, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced. The guards were removing the...

Confrontation with Florida deputies leads to fatal shooting

Apr. 28, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in north Florida fatally shot a suspect following a confrontation during a chase, officials said. The shooting happened Wednesday evening, the Clay County Sheriff's Office said in a post on Twitter. They've released few details about the...

Deputies fatally shoot man outside Florida Target store

Apr. 28, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Two sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man outside a Target store in central Florida's busy tourist district, officials said. One person suffered a minor shrapnel injury to the hand and two others were injured when they fell while trying to run away from the...

Florida governor signs bill creating election police unit

Apr. 25, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday to create a police force dedicated to pursuing voter fraud and other election crimes, embracing a top priority of Republicans after former President Donald Trump's false claims that his reelection was stolen. ...