Former JSO sheriff says attorney general should investigate Jacksonville police killings – Action News Jax
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Action News Jax sat down with a former sheriff in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Glover, to discuss the police murder and police reform of George Floyd.
Glover says he was still involved in Floyd’s murder a year later.
“It made me really sad and actually reminded me of the Rodney King incident,” said Glover.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in April of two murders and one manslaughter in Floyd’s death.
“The most unforgivable thing was that [Chauvin] I had three other officers standing there, ”Glover said. “… You didn’t help [Chauvin] by getting him out of this situation. And that too was another level of sadness for me. “
Floyd’s murder, captured on cell phone video and subsequently going viral, sparked an outcry for police reform.
National and international protests and riots broke out in the weeks after Floyd’s death.
As talks about police reform continue, Glover would like to see changes in the way Jacksonville investigates police killings.
The Jacksonville police shootings are being investigated both internally and by District Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office for the Fourth District of Justice.
The fourth circuit includes Duval, Nassau, and Clay counties.
“I’d like to see the attorney general review them all and possibly assign them to a prosecutor who is not in charge,” said Glover.
Glover believes the look of local prosecutors investigating local police officers can be perceived as unfavorable by the public.
“When you have local prosecutors investigate the law enforcement officers they just worked with and work cooperatively,” Glover said. “… Then all of a sudden you have an incident with a police officer and that prosecutor has to change his hats and investigate that policeman. I think, to a certain extent, it’s unfair to the prosecutor.”
Action News Jax emailed JSO for comment on Glover’s recommendations.
This story will be updated with the response from JSO upon receipt.
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