ProPublica and the Florida Occasions-Union have spent a number of months reporting on the issuing of pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville and in different elements of Florida. The reporting has proven that disproportionate numbers of the tickets in Jacksonville and elsewhere have gone to blacks, and that the seemingly minor infractions – jaywalking, strolling on the mistaken aspect of the street – can have vital repercussions for individuals unable or unwilling to pay the ensuing fines. The reporting has additionally included the discovering that lots of of the tickets given for a specific statute coping with crosswalks got in error.
On Jan. eleven, 2018, ProPublica and the Occasions-Union reported that the Jacksonville State Lawyer’s Workplace had issued a bulletin to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace providing steerage for the right interpretation and enforcement of the state’s pedestrian statutes. The article reported that the bulletin supported the interpretation of the crosswalk statute that had shaped the idea of the findings relating to the misguided crosswalk tickets. The article reported that the Jacksonville Metropolis Council president, the native public defender, and half a dozen different native legislators have been now calling for the suspension of all pedestrian ticket writing.
On Friday, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams issued a press launch claiming the article was inaccurate. ProPublica and the Occasions-Union stand by the reporting, and have responded to every of Williams’ claims of inaccuracy, which we set out in full under.
1. Inaccuracy: The bulletin factually is just not a “state lawyer’s workplace bulletin.” It’s a bulletin issued by the Sheriff to his officers.
The bulletin distributed to the sheriff’s officers is signed by Andrew Kantor, assistant state lawyer. We spoke immediately with the State Lawyer’s Workplace Thursday night time. The workplace’s spokesperson clarified for us that the bulletin was the work of the state lawyer’s workplace and executed in response to the sheriff’s request for steerage.
2. Inaccuracy: The authorized place drafted by the police authorized advisor particularly didn’t embrace a assessment of previous citations issued; as an alternative it minimize-and-pasted the exact authorized necessities of the Florida statutes.
We didn’t say the evaluation was of previous citations. Certainly, the article says particularly that the evaluate didn’t contain wanting on the tickets recognized by the Occasions-Union and ProPublica as problematic.
three. Inaccuracy: The…