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Bias profiling claims against the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating a traffic incident after a formal complaint was filed.

Action News Jax first told you about a traffic incident involving Braxton Smith last week this happened at the end of November.

We have since contacted the sheriff’s office for answers and information on current policies.

Action News Jax reporter Meghan Moriarty reached out to JSO last week and asked how it is tracking complaints about racial profiling. Moriarty heard from a spokesman this week who said the agency posts biased profiling complaints on its transparency page. You can find it under the Open Data Report Briefs tab..”

Each report includes a description of what would be a biased profiling incident. Then it shows the number of complaints for that year and the disposition.

These are the five types of dispositions respectively:

  • Unfounded: The administrative inquiry concluded that an allegation of misconduct was false or not supported by facts.

  • Acquitted: The administrative inquiry concluded that an incident of alleged misconduct occurred, but the employee’s actions were lawful and regular.

  • Not maintained: The regulatory investigation found that there was insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the allegations of misconduct.

  • Consistent: The regulatory investigation found that there was a preponderance of evidence to prove that the employee had committed the alleged misconduct.

  • Policy revision: The administrative inquiry found that the agency’s or officer’s actions were consistent with the agency’s policy, but the policy needs to be revised.

In 2021, the Home Affairs Unit received seven biased profiling complaints. Zero was maintained.

In 2020 there were 10 complaints. Zero was maintained.

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In 2019 there were four complaints. Zero was maintained.

There were eight complaints in 2018. All eight were classified as “unfounded” or “exonerated”.

In 2017 there were 10 complaints. All received dispositions of “unfounded,” “not maintained,” or “exonerated.”

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No data was available for the years prior to 2017.

Moriarty reached out to JSO and asked if, based on the information given, there was not a single disposition that was maintained between 2017 and 2021. We are waiting for a feedback.

Action News Jax has also made a formal request to address these complaints.

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