By Selene Raj
A former Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy has planned a Juneteenth protest against police brutality near Coral Springs City Hall.
A resident of Coral Springs for the past few years, Patricia Nicholas, 45, said the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, at the hands of police, are part of what motivated her.
Protesting against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter, she is also passionate about those struggling with cognitive disabilities who are not able to communicate effectively.
“Enough is enough,” said Nicholas, “[We must] stop the killing of Black and Brown people.”
A former deputy for the Broward Sheriff’s Office and senior deputy with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia, Nicholas has also worked as a sergeant for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
She left her law enforcement career to pursue law school until her son became sick and now works as the community engagement coordinator for a homeless shelter with Broward Partnership.
The Coral Springs Police Department contacted Nicholas, and she said they had a friendly conversation and plans to speak with them, moving forward, about their own programs in how to responsibly handle cases that involve people with disabilities.
The protest will take place on Juneteenth on the public sidewalk in front of Coral Springs City Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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- Selene Raj is a writer and a Florida International University graduate. Born in Trinidad and raised in America, she completed her Master’s in Mass Communications in 2020 and has been living in Coral Springs since 2004. She is passionate about the communities she lives and works in and loves reporting and sharing stories that are as complex and meaningful as the people who live in them.
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