Orlando City Commissioner Sam Ings will host a community town hall meeting to discuss police and body cameras tomorrow night, May 20th, at 6pm. The event will be held Dr. James R. Smith Center located at 1723 Bruton Boulevard in Orlando.
“It is imperative that we bring the police and community together to have a frank and candid discussion about the use of body cameras,” Commissioner Ings said about the town hall. “The community’s safety, trust, and treatment are paramount, and we want their voices heard.”
Commissioner Ings will be joined by a panel including Orlando Police Chief John Mina, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jeff Ashton and State Public Defender Robert Wesley. Monica May of Star 94.5 will serve as the moderator.
Some residents in the community have noted the lack of representation of citizens or community organizations on the panel. But officials are hoping for strong turnout from residents in order to begin a dialogue between citizens and local police while building community relations.
A demonstration of police body camera use and function will be presented at the community meeting. Ashton and Wesley will likely discuss how these body cameras will impact the courts.