Sheriff John Mina considering policy changes after Salaythis Melvin shooting

Orange County Sheriff: ‘We want this community trust us’

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – News 6 sat down with Orange County Sheriff John Mina Wednesday, four weeks after one of his deputies shot and killed a man at the Florida Mall.

Since then, hours of body camera video from the shooting has been released as protesters have called for the sheriff to fire the deputy who opened fire.

Mina said he’s all about transparency.

“We want to keep this community safe, but we also want this community to trust us,” Mina said. “I think just continuing to talk to the community as much as we can to continue to put as much information as we can.”

Over the past few days, protests have been led outside the Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Mall demanding justice.

According to official reports from the Sheriff’s Office, the deputy who opened fire Aug. 7 said he feared that Melvin was reaching for a gun in his waistband. Melvin was shot in the back as he ran away, video shows.

Body camera video from other responding deputies was released more than a week later on Aug. 18, but not from the deputy who opened fire. His camera was not turned on, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

When asked about the release of the video compared to other Central Florida agencies who release video sooner, the sheriff said he was following protocol. Daytona Beach police officers shot and killed an attempted murder suspect on Saturday morning, the department released the body camera video that night.


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