"Despite calls for action from his community, Ings proves he is more concerned with serving the interests of local tourism giants making millions of dollars a year than protecting his very people from discriminatory practices.The Orlando City Council will meet Monday, May 9 at 2 p.m. to vote on whether to adopt the measure. You can watch live here.
On three different occasions, Organize Now contacted Commissioner Ings for a meeting, but received no reply. Deprioritizing arrests for non-violent misdemeanors would free up our criminal justice system and address real public safety challenges in our community. It's time Commissioner Ings listened to his constituents and acted on behalf of his community.
Orlando should follow the lead of 24 states and hundreds of municipalities across the country, breaking away from false, fear-mongering rhetoric and shifting its focus to its real public safety challenges. By building on progress and investing into local programs tackling the underlying causes of crime with the money saved by eliminating incarcerations for small amounts of marijuana possession, we can come together to find solutions that help our communities."
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