February 16, 2010

Susan Watson, (850) 429-9128;

Tallahassee, Fla. – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and Movement for Change will host a town hall meeting to discuss the coroner’s inquest and its disproportionate use in Escambia County whenever someone dies at the hands of law enforcement.

The event is of particular relevance given the recent letter sent by the ACLU of Florida to State Attorney William Eddins urging him to withdraw his request for a coroner’s inquest into the death of Victor Steen, who was struck and killed by a Pensacola Police officer’s car on October 3, 2009. Together with the families of the victims, the ACLU and Movement for Change will discuss the practice of using coroner’s inquests as a political cover that wastes both time and money. In fact, the practice of using a coroner’s inquest is not a substitute for the State Attorney’s decision on whether to move forward with a criminal prosecution.

WHAT: Town Hall meeting on the Coroner’s Inquest

WHEN: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Center For Social Justice
              1603 N Davis St
               Pensacola, Florida

WHO: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida
           Movement for Change

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Susan Watson, (850) 429-9128;

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