JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams has come out against the Florida Times-Union for what he considers "inaccurate" reporting regarding pedestrian citations in a Friday story on the newspaper's front page.
The Florida Times-Union has been following JSO's pedestrian-ticketing writing with the help of ProPublica in a series called "Walking While Black."
In Friday's article, which can be read here, the Times-Union reports that City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche supports a pause in the issuing of pedestrian tickets to ensure they are being given appropriately.
According to the Times-Union, its analysis with ProPublica published late last year found that more than 300 tickets over the last five years for pedestrians crossing streets outside a crosswalk resulted from mistaken interpretations of the applicable statute — errors that resulted in unwarranted fines and suspensions of people’s driver’s licenses.
Read Sheriff Mike Williams' full statement below:
Note: First Coast News has a media partnership with the Florida Times-Union.