ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando state attorney has asked a grand jury to investigate deadly force incidents involving the Orlando Police Department.
"The recent increase in deadly force encounters occurring within the central Florida area is of grave concern to this office," State Attorney Jeff Ashton said in a letter sent to Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney on Friday.
Ashton said he will personally review cases where officers used deadly force which resulted in fatalities. He also asked for an independent review by a grand jury, which he said may require more than one meeting because of the complexities of the topics. He promised the review would be conducted with "deliberate speed" to reduce the stress on officers and the department.
The review will examine all aspects of the cases, including investigative and tactical decisions leading up to the contact with people at the crime scenes, the use of deadly force and the actions of the officers, Ashton said.
Orlando police said in a statement they will fully cooperate with the investigation and noted the agency has faith in the justice system.
Ashton's request for a grand jury to review all deadly force cases comes as his office is reviewing the death of 19-year-old Karvas Gamble, who was killed by officers in January.
Police were investigating a drug complaint at a home when they "encountered armed resistance, and in response, officers fired" according to a news release from Orlando police. Twenty-five year-old Cordaryl Wilson was also injured. He was charged with possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers said they also recovered drugs and stolen guns from the home.