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The Movement 850 petitions Gov. DeSantis to do more about racial biases in policing

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 18:06:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A group led by college students is taking their frustrations over officer-involved shootings straight to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

In less than a week, The Movement 850's petition with demands has gotten support from more than 4,600 people.

The Movement 850 is now asking the governor to do more about the officer-involved shootings in Tallahassee as well as ways to build trust between law enforcement and the community.

The group says the main goal is to see some change in the way law enforcement interacts with the African-American community in a nonviolent way.

Their demands include report cards for every Tallahassee police officer and for body cam footage of all three officer-involved shootings this year to be released.

The group says they want to see how often excessive force is used and if there are racial biases when policing.

They also want a diversity task force within the police department and training to ensure officers understand and can accurately work with black communities.

The Movement 850 has almost reached its petition goal of 5,000 signatures.

In addition to the petition, the group has also peacefully protested outside the governor's mansion.

ABC 27 reached out to Governor DeSantis for comment, but haven't heard back from his office.