June 24, 2020 - Brevard Gun Violence Task Force Announced

Today (June 24), State Attorney Phil Archer appeared at the Brevard Government Center with Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Brevard County Chiefs of Police, to announce a new Community Initiative and Task Force targeting gun related violence across the county.
The assembled law enforcement officials recognized an increase in their response to incidents of gun related violence, often connected with illegal drug sales, gang activity, and individuals resorting to shootings as a response to disputes. Sheriff Ivey said that there will be a multi-prong approach combining community outreach to improve relationships and reporting, identifying and arresting offenders and those recruiting others to violence, drugs and gangs, and finally aggressively prosecute offenders for their crimes.
State Attorney Phil Archer said that he will be assigning experienced prosecutors to assist the task force and that continued gun violence has prompted greater attention from law enforcement and his office. He added that considering violent crime defendants for both state and federal prosecution, along with prosecuting qualifying teenagers as adults are some of the tools that will be used to address the gun violence.
State Attorney Archer noted that in the past week, four young men lost their lives to gun violence in Brevard County, two of them during a graduation party at the hands of a 16 year old shooter. Follow the link below to view a video clip of State Attorney Archer's remarks as he responds to the question, will the 16 year old murder defendant face prosecution as an adult?


Todd Brown
Public Information &
(321) 617-7310
Office of the State Attorney
18th Judicial Circuit
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson
Way Building D
Viera, Fl. 32940

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