The Ledger: Former Polk County Deputy Suing Sheriff Over Public Records

LAKELAND, FL — A former Polk County sheriff’s deputy who was fired earlier this year is suing Polk Sheriff Grady Judd for not providing public records, according to court filings. Shawnee McCawley requested copies of emails and text messages from eight Sheriff’s Office employees in an Aug. 9 letter sent by certified mail, according to the lawsuit. McCawley said in…

Newly Released Documents Confirm NSA Spied on MLK

WINTER HAVEN, FL — Newly-declassified documents reveal that the National Security Agency targeted one of America’s most revered civil rights icons. The National Security Archive at George Washington University released the information Wednesday, showing that Martin Luther King Jr. was on the agency’s watch list during the 1960s. Also mentioned as targets in the report were fellow civil rights leader Whitney Young,…

K-9s Against Peaceful Civil Rights Protestors

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…

The Ledger: Poor and Minority Justice Association Claims Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies Spied at Meeting

WINTER HAVEN, FL —  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office sent undercover officers to a Winter Haven community activist group’s meetings to spy on it and did the same thing later during a gathering of multiple groups at Polk State College, according to records recently obtained by The Ledger. Two Hispanic men who seemed sympathetic with concerns raised at the…