LAKELAND, FL — Recent revelations about the content of an email by an Assistant State Attorney to members of at
least two Polk County law enforcement agencies have sparked outrage and fear within the Polk County African-American community. The email contained a suggestion that LEOs use K-9 units against peaceful civil rights workers at a rally. For anyone who has even the most cursory understanding of the history of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950′s and 1960′s it is easy to understand why these emails elicit such a visceral response from people of color.
Only a week earlier it was revealed that Grady Judd, the Sheriff of Polk County, had been using undercover deputies to infiltrate and spy on civil rights groups meeting in a predominantly African-American church. According to internal documents, the undercover deputies did not simply attend and observe. The undercover operatives attempted to co-opt the meeting by spinning tall tales of their own abuse at the hands of law enforcement.
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