LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Polk County Sheriff's Office says it sent undercover deputies to a minority rights group's meeting because it had received information that the group was planning unlawful activities at a rally outside a local jail.
Sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilder said Friday that deputies had also heard that hundreds of people were planning to attend the 2012 jail demonstration.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd sent the deputies to a 2012 meeting of the Poor and Minority Justice Association, which was held at a local church. News of the spying was revealed this week when the group's leader gave an undercover deputy's email to the news media.
The incident involving the group is one of a string of events that Polk County civil rights leaders say is troubling to members of the community.