Demonstrators want rates dropped in capturing of Jacksonville police officer

Diamonds Ford and her 12-year-old daughter listen as demonstrators demand State Attorney Melissa Nelson drop all charges against Ford in the shooting of a Jacksonville police officer in September 2020. About two dozen protesters who gathered outside the Duval County Courthouse on Monday also accused the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office of systemic racism, and demanded a ban on "no-knock" warrants.

Two times just after strangers posted her 50 %-million-dollar bail, Diamonds Jonquil Ford  clutched her 12-year-outdated daughter’s hand Monday outside the Duval County Courthouse.

Mother and daughter appeared about to cry as their household, Ford’s defense legal professional and community activists named on Condition Lawyer Melissa Nelson to fall all prices versus Ford in the shooting of a Jacksonville police officer.

Ford, 28, is accused of capturing the detective as the Sheriff’s Business office SWAT workforce and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents experimented with to provide a search warrant Sept. 28 at a residence in the 7200 block of Rutledge Pearson Generate.

She experienced no idea that it was the law enforcement who have been breaking into her household, her lawyer, Stephen Kelly, told the group. 

“She completely did not know law enforcement ended up breaking her window, busting in the doorway at the very same time,” he mentioned. “It appeared to be a dwelling invasion. If the police would have properly introduced themselves, we wouldn’t be right here currently.”