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Floridian Wins 2nd Case at Supreme Court Over Arrest During Public Comment

| June 19, 2018

Justices, in an 8-1 decision, sided with Fane Lozman, who filed a lawsuit against the city contending that the arrest involved retaliation for his outspoken criticism of officials in the Palm Beach County community.

The Truth About ‘Sanctuary Cities’

| June 11, 2018

The term “sanctuary city” typically refers to a jurisdiction that wants to limit the use of local law enforcement resources to carry out federal law enforcement work, in violation of constitutional protections.

Questioning War Is No Disrespect to Veterans. It’s a Civic Duty.

| June 5, 2018

Americans remain unconcerned about wars the U.S. is currently fighting (at last count, we’re bombing at least 7 countries) though they foot the bill both in tax dollars and lives.

No Move to Plug Budget Despite Warnings About Cuts to Prisons’ Substance-Abuse Programs

| May 11, 2018

The Senate appropriations chairman said lawmakers aren’t planning to plug a $28 million budget gap at the Florida Department of Corrections until next year.

With Social Media Surveillance, Flagler School District Is Breaching Community Trust

| April 22, 2018

With its contract with Social Sentinel, a social media snooping company, the Flagler school district is going into the secretive surveillance business for a much heavier cost than advertised.

AR-15s in Flagler Schools, Traffic Cops in Mustangs, New Marine Unit: Sheriff Staly’s State of Policing

| April 19, 2018

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly spoke to some 75 people Thursday on a re-energized state of policing in Palm Coast and the county, summing up initiatives and coming developments.

A Palm Coast Resident Says “School Shooting” In a Facebook Video That Has Nothing To Do with School Shootings. Cops Show Up.

| April 18, 2018

Tony Lagano, 35, was upset over a family court issue and alluded to a school shooting in a sarcastic Facebook video last week, only to be visited by sheriff’s deputies.

Students Raise Concerns, But Flagler School Board Approves Social Media Surveillance

| April 18, 2018

The Flagler County School Board Tuesday approved a three-year, $55,500 contract with Vermont-based Social Sentinel to troll eight different types of social media accounts.

Flagler School Board Wants To Snoop on Students’ Social Media, And Maybe Yours. Wrong Move.

| April 16, 2018

The School Board is set to contract with Social Sentinel, a company that will troll social media accounts across Flagler for $18,500 and issue “alerts” to select officials. It’s an inappropriate move down a slippery slope.

For Sheriff and Flagler Schools, Clear Accord: No to Arming Teachers, Yes to More Deputies

| March 5, 2018

At a joint news conference later this week, Sheriff Rick Staly and Superintendent Jim Tager will outline new security measures and initiatives and a plan for additional school deputies, but no weaponizing of teachers.

As Calls For Broward Sheriff’s Removal Mount, Scott Orders Investigation of School Shooting Response

| February 26, 2018

The directive came as House Speaker Richard Corcoran sent a letter co-signed by 73 Republican House members requesting that Scott suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, a Democrat.

Unusual Degree of Mayhem, But Also Success, Reflected in Sheriff’s Quarterly Awards

| January 25, 2018

An award ceremony seemed to reflect the particular vigor and style of policing Rick Staly ushered in just over a year ago, when he became sheriff.

Cops’ Stop and Frisk Is Cut Back. Crime Doesn’t Spike. It Tumbles.

| January 21, 2018

Police have radically cut back their controversial use of stop-and-frisk policies in New York. To the surprise of some, crime didn’t spike, but tumbled yet again.

District Picks 100 Parents to Pilot App That Monitors and Controls Their Child’s Computer

| December 19, 2017

Through a free app called Mosyle, parents will have the ability to control and lock down their child’s school issued device, with all parents given access by next fall.

All-Cash Business? Not So: Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Shops to Open Bank Accounts

| December 16, 2017

Almost 400 banks and credit unions now serve the medical marijuana industry, according to the U.S. Treasury — a number that has more than tripled since 2014.

In Florida, You Can Lose Your Driver’s License For Jaywalking–Especially If You’re Black

| December 14, 2017

Sen. Jeff Brandes has repeatedly introduced measures that would prohibit driver’s license suspensions for non-driving offenses. But Clerks of court stand to lose $40 million annually if the law is modified.

Robert L. Emmanuel, 60, Is Murdered at His Home. Bunnell Police Refuse To Release Information.

| November 17, 2017

Robert Emanuel was the victim of a brutal beating at his home in mid-September, and died either this week or last, but Bunnell police has refused the sheriff’s assistance in investigating a case it may have bungled.

Arresting Speakers at a Government Meeting: Supreme Court Takes Up Florida 1st Amendment Case

| November 14, 2017

Fane Lozman alleges that a south Florida city violated his First Amendment rights by retaliating against him for his outspoken criticism during his public comment period.

Flagler School District Enters Brave New World of Student Computer Controls and Surveillance

| August 15, 2017

Responding to parents’ concerns, the Flagler school district is rolling out a pair of systems that will vastly increase potential controls and limits on students’ computer usage at school and at home.

Countering 70% of Its Own Voters, Flagler Beach Prepares to Ban Medical Pot Dispensaries Outright

| July 13, 2017

The City Commission this evening takes up an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana dispensaries anywhere in the city. The city fears not doing so would turn it into a pot hub.

Flagler Voters Opting to Cancel Registration in Response to Trump Commission’s Sweeping Records Request

| July 7, 2017

Flagler County through the state will comply with Trump’s federal commission request for vast amounts of voter registration information, but the decision is causing a backlash.

Why The Obsession Against Smokable Medical Pot? John Morgan Wants To Know.

| July 7, 2017

Morgan bankrolled the medical-marijuana ballot initiative and repeatedly threatened to sue over smoking, which he says was permitted in the amendment supported by more than 71 percent of Florida voters last fall.

Your Papers Please: Trump Commission Demands Massive Amounts of Voter Data

| July 4, 2017

A Trump commission has asked all 50 states for copies of their voter records which often include names, addresses and ages. The commission has said it intends to make the information widely available.

Citizens’ Review Panel May Not Force Testimony From Cops, Florida Supreme Court Rules

| June 22, 2017

The case stemmed from a complaint filed in 2009 alleging misconduct by a cop during a traffic stop. The Miami police department’s internal affairs division found insufficient evidence of misconduct.

Where It’s Legal, Pot Leads To Fewer Traffic Stops, But Racial Disparities Remain

| June 21, 2017

The drop means fewer interactions between police and drivers, potentially limiting dangerous clashes. But black and Hispanic drivers are still searched at higher rates than white motorists.

Court Allows ACLU’s Public Record Fight Over Police Tracking of Cell Phones

| June 20, 2017

The ACLU requested the records from Jackson as part of a broader inquiry in 2014 into the Sarasota Police Department’s use of what are known as “Stingray” tracking devices.

When Elected Officials Block Constituents on Twitter or Facebook, Possibly Breaking the Law

| June 11, 2017

As elected officials increasingly turn to social media to communicate with constituents, some are blocking those who disagree with them. Some say it violates the First Amendment.

He Was About To Pick Up His Newborn Son After Surgery When He Was Arrested By ICE

| June 4, 2017

The case of Oscar Millan shows ICE’s renewed focus on strict immigration enforcement. Under the Obama administration, agents had discretion in cases of immigrants with gravely sick children.

In Flagler and Palm Coast, Hate Crimes Are a Rarity Even as State and National Stats Soar

| May 25, 2017

Officials and experts cite many reasons why reported hate crimes are rare: there may be more harmony locally, but also more subjectivity, under-reporting and lack of awareness when hate crimes are committed.

Middle and High School Students Can Rejoice: ID Cards May Be Carried Through Cell Phone

| May 17, 2017

The Flagler School Board is set to approve a rule change in June that would allow students no longer to have to wear their ID badges, and to show them through their cell phone if requested, come the 2017-18 school year.

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