PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Several Pinellas County law enforcement agencies are coming together to launch a new use of deadly force investigative task force.
Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter, St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway and Pinellas Park Police Chief Michael Haworth plan to announce more details about the new task force.
The countywide task force will include “a shift in policy and how a law enforcement officer’s use of force, that results in death or serious bodily injury, will be investigated,” according to a press release.
Police chiefs from other Pinellas County law enforcement agencies will also participate in Tuesday’s announcement.
It comes after nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In that case, an officer is facing charges for kneeling on the neck of Floyd, an unarmed black man, for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd ended up dying a short time later.
St. Petersburg Police also made recent revisions to their use of force policies making it more clear that an officer has the duty to intervene when it is safe to do so if they see another officer using too much force.