Read It in the Morning Paper: Body Cams, Sheriff Pushback

  • BODY CAMERAS for police officers are tentatively placed in next year’s city of Lakeland budget. City commissioners voted 4-3 to approve the cameras as long as the $1.4 first-year costs don’t result in higher property taxes. Voting in favor: McCarley, McLeod, Mutz, Walker. Against: Madden, Musick, Read.
  • PCSO PUSHBACK: A Facebook post by the Polk Sheriff’s Office became a flashpoint in the competing narratives about the Jan. 6 incursion into the U.S. Capitol. The post seeking help for the FBI’s efforts to apprehend Lakeland fugitive Michael Pollock has drawn more than 3,200 comments, most of them critical of law enforcement efforts to pursue Capitol-related arrests. (Subscribers-only story) | The Facebook post
  • CELL TOWER: The city of Lakeland succeeded in getting a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the City Commission relied on public sentiment, not substantial evidence, in denying zoning that would have allowed a cell tower on undeveloped land between Ariana Street and Lake Hunter.