Fla. Panel Says Clear Civil Rights Arrest Records

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

Gov. Charlie Crist and Florida's three Cabinet officers have passed a resolution designed to help clear the records of civil rights activists arrested in St. Augustine during the 1960s.

Thursdays decision was made during the last meeting of the state
Board of Executive Clemency before its members leave office Jan. 4.

The resolution asks the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to
waive a $75 application fee and then expunge the arrest records.

It also says those records should be kept on file in the state's
archives as a living testament to the courage and ideals of the
activists.

St. Augustine was a focal point of protests against segregation
that helped lead to passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of
1964.


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  • by YUY Location: Tallahassee on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:32 PM
    No, It is not a waist of time. These people whould have never been arrested for trying to obtain a right that should have been given. If these people are still alive and have to have background checks for any reason-this is listed and it should not be.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    Just another waste of time by government officials.
  • by YUY Location: Tallahassee on Dec 9, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    This is a good thing! Does anyone know why it took so long?
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