The head of the Lakeland NAACP chapter is asking the State Attorney’s Office and Lakeland Police Department to have an outside agency review whether police were operating within standards the night they shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Jerome Taylor in a restaurant parking lot. Prosecutors said they’ve done their job in determining that deadly force was justified. The police chief said his agency is looking into whether their procedures need to change and suggested the NAACP is welcome to hire its own expert, saying the records are open to public inspection.

Source: The Ledger

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  1. I believe that police protocols must always be under review to prevent tragic outcomes as this one. I believe that Chief Garcia is acting in good faith to invite the NAACP and other organizations to seek an indendent review of the outcome of this case.

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