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Manatee County's NAACP releases statistics about Bradenton Police Department that they believe shows racial injustice

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BRADENTON, Fla.-- The records cover nearly 30 years from 1988 to 2015, containing the numbers for written warnings, traffic stops, and officer involved shootings. It's all information the President of Manatee County’s NAACP Rodney Jones requested, because he felt it was necessary.

On Sunday, Jones joined the activist group Answer Suncoast and the Black Lives Matter Movement in front of the Bradenton Police Department to release the statistics. 

"With everything going on around the country," said Jones, "we wanted to give a simple evaluation of how our local law enforcement agencies were performing in not only the minority communities, but in the communities at large."

The records show that 50 percent of the suspects in those officer involved shootings were black. Compared to the City of Bradenton’s overall black population, which is only 16 percent according to the most recent information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

"We’ve long had some complaints about the City of Bradenton and their practices in law enforcement," said Jones. "This just confirmed what we knew."

On Thursday, the NAACP says it sat down with Chief Bevin to relay the information. We reached out to the Bradenton Police Department for comment, but the Department is not saying anything on the record for this story

Now Jones is calling for these numbers to be taken to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for further investigation. Moving forward, the NAACP says it still plans to make similar requests from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Palmetto Police Department. 

"Rome wasn’t built in a day. Society wasn’t built in a day, so it’ll take some time to change the culture in the department," said Jones. "We’re just done sitting back. We’re going to be aggressive and we’re going to start speaking out."