Military Deployed In Fort Lauderdale

Numerous military vehicles and troops have been deployed along Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale following riots Sunday after Mayor Dean Trantalis invited protestors to the City

VIDEO Shows Lauderdale Lakes Man Attacking BSO Deputy Before Shooting

Grainy cellphone video posted on social media shows a Lauderdale Lakes man attacking a Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy before he was shot on Wednesday. The video was posted to a local Black Lives Matter page on Friday morning. The seven-minute video begins with Jean Pedro Pierre standing over a BSO Deputy. Pierre is holding the leg of the Deputy Sean Youngward.

The BSO deputy on the ground appears to be hitting Pierre with a baton. Pierre’s neighbors implore him to let go of the deputy. “Turn him loose, turn him loose dog,” an unidentified male says. “Don’t get yourself into trouble.”

With the sirens of BSO backup approaching, another male begs him to “be smart and let go of his leg.” The neighbors warn Pierre that other officers are coming.

Another deputy enters the frame with gun drawn. BSO has identified this deputy as Steven Briggs. Neighbors continue to beg Pierre to let go of the deputy. The video shows Pierre kicking the deputy on the ground while holding his leg. The deputy with gun maintains a distance while Pierre drags the deputy on the ground.

Suddenly, Pierre lets go of the deputy on the ground and makes a move toward the deputy with the gun drawn. Shots are fired. Pierre runs a few feet before falling in the parking lot.

Out of respect for his family, REDBROWARD has chosen not to show video of the mortally wounded Pierre.

On Thursday, BSO reported Youngward responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Lauderdale Lakes condominium on NW 21st Street.

“Witnesses said Pierre struck, punched and kicked [Deputy] Youngward,” BSO said in a news release Thursday. “Youngward tried to stop the violent attack by deploying his Taser and using his ASP (extending baton). Neither form of less-lethal force stopped Pierre from assaulting him.

Witch Hunt? Broward State Attorney Checked Cops’ Emails For Slurs

Broward State Attorney wanted to know if any police department employee used these slurs
Broward State Attorney wanted to know if any police department employee used these slurs

REDBROWARD obtained a June 2015 public records request for Fort Lauderdale Police Department emails containing homophobic and racial slurs. Broward Chief Assistant State Attorney Jeff A. Marcus submitted a list of nine slurs to a Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) attorney. The requests followed the March 2015 firing of four FLPD officers for sending racist text messages and images.

In April, the Broward SAO dismissed felony cases involving the four FLPD officers. “All the defendants were black; all the cases were dropped because at least one of the officers was the principal officer involved in the arrest,” said Ron Ishoy, a spokesman for the Broward State Attorney’s Office. “This is a serious matter. We continue to review each case in which these former policemen were the principal officers involved in the arrest. We are dropping charges against the defendants where it is appropriate.”

In a telephone interview with REDBROWARD, Marcus stated the public records request was made following discussions with FLPD officials. While the March 2015 firings dealt with slurs used against African-Americans, Marcus claims an LGBT group filed complaints with the FLPD. He claims he reviewed a list of fifty slurs submitted by the unnamed LGBT group before settling on the three included in the records request.

Marcus stated the vast majority of the records obtained in the search contained “appropriate” uses of the words—police reports, witness statements etc. He states he found just one inappropriate email communication. Marcus stated he turned over his findings to FLPD.

The willingness of local police leaders and other law enforcement officials to launch a wide-reaching search of all employees’ communications based upon hunches by the public is the classic slippery slope. Of course, employers have the right to monitor employees emails. But here, the normal supervisory process did not uncover specific transgressions by specific employees.

Instead, an advocacy group made blanket claims about wrong doing and a skittish political class, stung by bad publicity, decided to make a preemptive strike.

Marcus claims only one inappropriate case was found. But what happens when they cast the next wide net? Who decides what words are bad and which are good?