Is the Sanford Police Department Inept?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Following the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the Sanford Florida police department has been criticized of using poor judgement, conducting elementary investigations, and making ineffective use of key witnesses. We speak with two guests who argue that these failures were not part of an isolated incident, but rather indicative of a systemic problem in the Sanford Police Department when it comes to investigating major crimes; especially crimes involving African-Americans.

Are they correct? Did the Trayvon Martin shooting reveal a systemic failure on the part of the Sanford Police? For more, we speak with John Rudolf, criminal Justice reporter for the Huffington Post and Calvin Donaldson, whose son was shot and killed in Sanford on October 2011.


Reverend Calvin Donaldson and John Rudolf

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [4]


not only is the dept inept but it is also corrupt...chief lee says he stepped down temporarily but he can not be rehired

Apr. 12 2012 01:31 AM

Quote: “And the New Black Panther Party offered a $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman.” Is this not a terroristic threat? Why is your department ignoring this threat? Why is the Justice Dept. ignoring this threat? Why is Obama ignoring this threat?

Honest taxpaying white citizens want to know why your department has turned a blind eye on our civil rights.

Apr. 10 2012 12:53 PM

Zimmerman was arrested. The police only investigate the crime. It is the District Attorney who makes the final decision on whether to prosecute and for what charges. In NYC during election season the DA's will vaunt their conviction record.Not spoken, is that out of a hundred arrests the DA might only bring three people to actual trial. If those three are convicted, then the DA has a 100% conviction rate. Many times the DA is reluctant to bring a case to trial. Thanks to tv the public expects every case to have a DNA trail leading to the suspect. While real life evidence is usually not so neat or complete, many other motives play into the DA's decision.

Mr.Donaldson claims the suspect confessed. Why are you not questioning why the DA failed to charge. Journalists have been focused on the wrong target through this entire story. I suspect that is because journalists view the DA's office as fellow elites and are reluctant to portray them in a negative light.

Apr. 10 2012 08:59 AM
john marchioro

I just listened to Reverend Donaldson discuss his son's death, and list several other cases of deaths in the Sanford, FL area. The impression was clearly left that the assailants in these cases were white, and that impression was not corrected by the interviewer or the other guest from Huffington Post. I do not have time to check each name given by Reverend Donaldson, but it is clear that Tremaine Patrick, the suspect in his son's murder, who surrendered himself to the police but was not charged, is an African-American:

It is clearly axiomatic at NPR that all of this has to be some kind of white racism-inspired killing spree in Florida. Why don't you do a little bit of reporting before letting such inflammatory stuff on the air? Your "coverage" does not help things one bit. Nor does it help to give time to a bomb-throwing, demagogic, self-styled "leader" like Al Sharpton, who record in such cases (does the name Tawana Brawley ring a bell?) does not inspire confidence.

John Marchioro

Apr. 10 2012 06:21 AM

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