SPLC sues Pasco Sheriff for public records on predictive policing program

A coalition of civil rights organizations is suing the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for its refusal to provide public records relating to its controversial predictive policing program.

The lawsuit argues that the Pasco County Sheriff Office’s refusal to provide demographic information about its predictive policing program is a violation of the Florida Public Records Act.

The case was filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) and Southern Legal Counsel (SLC) on behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida (CAIR-FL), which originally requested the records between April and June in 2021. The lawsuit names Pasco County

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