ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Florida State Senator Randolph Bracy held a press conference outside of Orlando City Hall Friday to announce the most significant police reform legislation in decades, and was met with a local activist shouting him down, telling him “don’t hold this press conference.”
Aston Mack, founder of Orlando Freedom Fighters, booed and shouted “Black Lives Matter” in an attempt to derail Senator Bracy’s press conference.
According to Sen. Bracy’s press release, last June at the height of the George Floyd protests, he quickly crafted common-sense legislation and called on the Legislature to hold a special session to address police reform and accountability. While Republican leadership failed to heed this request of a special session, Senator Bracy negotiated with House leaders to put together a police reform package during Session.
Bracy held a press conference Friday to share specific details and the impact the legislation will have on the criminal justice system and policing. The most notable change is the Kaia Rolle Act, which prohibits a child from being arrested, charged, or adjudicated delinquent for a delinquent act or violation of law based on an act occurring before he or she is seven years of age, unless the act committed is a forcible felony.
The bill defines that a forcible felony includes: treason, murder, manslaughter, sexual battery, carjacking, home-invasion robbery, robbery, burglary, arson, kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, aggravated stalking, aircraft piracy; unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb; and any other felony which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any individual.
According to Florida Politics, the bill calls for “basic training on proportional use of force, including de-escalation techniques and intervening in another officer’s excessive use of force and chokeholds…[which] could only be used when an ‘officer perceives an immediate threat of serious bodily injury or death to themselves or another person’.”
Sen. Bracy presents the police reform package on the Senate floor this week.