Law and public safety

City Hall Investigating Complaints Of Public Defecation At Downtown Business Entrances

A voicemail to Gainesville City Hall from a South Main Street business owner frustrated over finding someone had again defecated at the entrance to his business has prompted the city to investigate. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, who received the voicemail earlier this week, said he has asked the city manager, the police chief and code enforcement to look into the problem as quickly as possible.

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Nightclub Shooting Police Reports: Hysteria, Blood, Bodies

Dozens of narratives in supplemental police reports released Tuesday give greater details about the Orlando police response to last month's massacre of 49 patrons at the Pulse gay nightclub, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The officers who recount their role in the reports were the initial responders to a call from a fellow officer who was working security when gunman Omar Mateen began firing in the club.

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Frustrated Police, Black Leaders Seek Answers After Shootings

In the aftermath of fatal attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., black leaders say Florida — which has a long and ugly history of racism — has reached a race-relations crossroads. Meanwhile, one sheriff says the African-American community needs to "mature" as law enforcement officials seek to keep a lid on the violence that has erupted in other states.

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