- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A grand jury has found that a north Florida sheriff facing perjury and misconduct charges related to excessive use of force cases in his department made decisions that encouraged inappropriate behavior.

A grand jury report found that Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair was “lax and incompetent in his leadership” and recommended a number of changes meant to improve accountability.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports (https://bit.ly/1Pa2yTt ) that the grand jury determined that Blair ignored improper behavior by his staff and was focused instead on improving his department’s arrest and case clearance statistics.

The jury found that most deputies acted properly, but those who used excessive force did so “in part, because of … the sheriff and his administration.”

Blair, who was interviewed by the jurors, denied any responsibility.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/


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