FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2017
FLORIDA POLICE CHIEFS URGE STATE ATTORNEY TO RECONSIDER DEATH PENALTY IN POLICE SHOOTING
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Police Chiefs Association is extremely grateful to Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi for taking such a strong stance against the decision by State Attorney Aramis Ayala for the Ninth Judicial Circuit to not seek the death penalty for Markeith Lloyd, the individual who gunned down Lieutenant Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department.
This was an act of violence that was cold, calculated and devastating; acts of violence such as these should not be taken lightly, especially when carried out against the officers who are protecting our neighborhoods and communities. We too call on the state attorney to treat this as a capital case or recuse herself.
“The idea that this criminal deserves anything less than the death penalty is an insult to Florida law enforcement. He deliberately took Lieutenant Clayton’s life, and deprived her family, her colleagues and her community of a fine, outstanding police officer. Taking the death penalty off the table is an extraordinary lack of respect for law enforcement officers,” said Coconut Creek Police Chief Butch Arenal, president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association.