Orange County Sheriff’s Office citizens advisory committee to make recommendations on use of force policy

Committee expected to vote on changes tonight

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Advisory Committee is expected to finalize and vote on recommendations it’s making for the agency’s use of force policy during its meeting on Thursday.

Chairperson Allie Braswell said the committee has worked for months to come up with the recommendations.

“We spent time over the last few weeks being educated on the policy. We’ve asked for further clarifications on some of the areas we thought to be a bit ambiguous,” he said.

Braswell couldn’t share specific recommendations ahead of the meeting, but he said these discussions started in June when the sheriff asked the committee to review the policy.

He adds recent events across the country also sparked the conversation.

“It was time to review these policies,” Braswell said.

The committee is meeting virtually Thursday night, nearly three weeks after an Orange County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Salaythis Melvin outside the Florida Mall.

Braswell said the committee is not expected to discuss that case during its meeting. He said they won’t get the opportunity to review it until after the FDLE, the State Attorney’s Office, and the sheriff’s office completes their investigations, which is standard procedure.

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