Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Every day, law enforcement officers across the country put on a uniform and step into harm’s way to keep us safe. As a career prosecutor and Florida’s Attorney General, I work hand in hand with law enforcement and know just how vital they are to our communities. From helping put predators behind bars and rid our streets of dangerous drugs, to rescuing victims of crime or saving someone from an opioid overdose, law enforcement officers work tirelessly to ensure our safety.
This week, I had the honor of speaking at an appreciation dinner in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to celebrate and thank our nation’s brave law enforcement officers and our service members. Partners from across the country gathered for the event to not only honor law enforcement officers, but also raise money for children’s charities.
As we head into this holiday weekend, we honor the brave Americans who served in our Armed Forces. In our busy day-to-day lives, it may be easy to forget just how blessed we are for the men and women who are willing to serve and fight so that we can live in a republic. Veterans Day is a reminder that we must never lose sight of these courageous heroes and their sacrifices.
Just this week, I had the pleasure of meeting Specialist Fourth Class Michael J. Fitzmaurice, a Medal of Honor recipient. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in combat that a service member may receive and Sp4c. Fitzmaurice is one of 73 living recipients. While serving in the United States Army, Sp4c. Fitzmaurice threw himself on top of an explosive charge to protect his comrades. He is an absolute hero and it was an honor to meet him.
Thank you to all our veterans, active service members and the families who support them for everything that you have done and are still doing to protect us and our beautiful homeland.
Record Breaking Drug Take Back Day
Attorney General Pam Bondi is highlighting last month’s record breaking National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Oct. 28, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration collected 912,305 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs across the country. As part of the Drug Take Back Day Program, Americans are encouraged to empty their medicine cabinets of expired or unnecessary drugs and turn this medicine into participating collection sites nationwide for proper disposal.
“Being in the midst of the deadly opioid epidemic, I am encouraged and proud that so many Americans are stepping up to prevent drug abuse,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I want to thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the hard-working men and women at the DEA and everyone who answered the call to action to enable this record amount of prescription drugs to be disposed of properly—and not used to exacerbate the national opioid epidemic.” More.
Man Arrested Following DNA Match from 1998 SAK
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the arrest of a Virginia man for a sexual battery in Florida that occurred almost 20 years ago. The arrest of Cornelious Florman, 51, is a result of a positive DNA match from a 1998 sexual assault kit recently tested as part of the state’s efforts to clear the backlog of unprocessed sexual assault kits.
On June 22, 1998, Florman approached the victim exiting a bar in Fort Myers and asked for a ride to the beach. During the drive, the defendant allegedly struck the victim and knocked her unconscious. The victim later woke up alone in a wooded area to discover someone sexually assaulted her. More.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Pam Bondi joined Governor Rick Scott and fellow Cabinet members, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for a meeting of the Florida Governor and Cabinet in Tallahassee.
Attorney General Bondi speaking with students from Holy Comforter School in Tallahassee. The students led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Florida Cabinet Meeting.
Attorney General Bondi introducing Oliver, at the Florida Cabinet meeting. Oliver found a forever home, but for more information about other rescue animals in the Tallahassee area, visit TalGov.com/Animals.
Attorney General Bondi visiting with Corporal Patrick Smith with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Attorney General Bondi thanks FDLE for working tirelessly to protect Floridians across the state.