Over 100 farmworkers, religious leaders, students and Southwest Florida allies come together at a vigil to call for justice for farmworker, Nicolas Morales, killed last September by Collier County Sheriff’s deputies. The vigil, which occurred on February 28th, marked the beginning of an urgent campaign for justice and long-overdue police reforms necessary to change the way Collier County Sheriff Office (CCSO) deputies serve and protect the farmworker community of Immokalee. Specifically the Immokalee community demands include:
- Launch a federal investigation into Nicolas’s shooting.
- Form and implement effective, accessible Crisis Response Teams, pairing police and mental health professionals, to respond to calls in Immokalee where mental health is a potential issue.
- Establish an Immokalee-specific Citizens’ Review Panel with meaningful powers and address the need for community participation in the investigation and correction of the use of force by CCSO personnel.