Florida Roundup: Fort Lauderdale Police's Zero Tolerance For Racism

Mar 27, 2015

An undated set display at Ultra in downtown Miami.
Credit Sammy Mack

  This week on the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists.

LEGISLATIVE SESSION

A bill that permits gun owners to carry weapons during evacuations is moving along in the Florida Senate. School choice bills would permit parents to transfer their children to any school as long as it had seats available.  House and Senate lawmakers released their first budget proposals that are about $4 billion apart.

FORT LAUDERDALE POLICE

Three Fort Lauderdale police officers were fired and another resigned when an internal investigation found racist comments via text messages and a video. Now the FBI's civil rights division is looking into the investigation, and cases that involved the officers are under review.

ULTRA

The three-day music festival taking over Bayfront Park has made changes in its 17th year to be a safer event. For the first time, only adults (18+) are permitted to enter. A bigger police presence and reinforced fences are in place to deter potential gate-crashers.

Our host Christine DiMattei is joined by Amy Hollyfield of the Tampa Bay Times, Jim Saunders from the News Service of Florida, Mike Mayo of the Sun Sentinel, Lance Dixon and David Smiley from the Miami Herald, and John O’Connor and Kenny Malone from WLRN.

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