On the heels of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's establishing a task force aimed at easing racial tensions between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, the attorneys for a pair of former Florence Police Department detectives are renewing their call that Florence and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office be among the agencies scrutinized.
That task force is known as the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, and its multi-layered approach is listed as "a substantial investment in training, evidence-based strategies, policy development and research to combat distrust and hostility between law enforcement and the communities they serve."
Lynne Bernabei, attorney for Walt "Hondo" Hunter and Jarris Varnrobinson, says, "I think this is all timely, and it's exactly what we proposed they do in taking a look at Florence Police Department. This issue with the police department and their stormy relationship with the community has to be looked at, and I think Florence is a good place to start."More »