Escambia County

Sheriff Morgan open to DOJ visit

August 26, 2013

The Coalition for Justice of Northwest Florida wants the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. That’s fine with Sheriff David Morgan.

In a phone interview, Sheriff Morgan said the he had talked with DOJ on Friday and was comfortable with them revisiting his agency, if they chose to do so.

“The coalition has a constitutional right to ask for an investigation,” said Morgan. “I have no problem with DOJ coming here.”

The newly-formed civil rights group asked for the investigation in light of the recent shooting of Roy Middleton, who was unarmed and in his own yard, and the shooting of two dogs by deputies who entered the owners’ home uninvited.

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