Tymar Crawford

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In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across the country to protest police brutality against African Americans. While demonstrations in some cities have turned violent and destructive, Pensacola's protests have remained peaceful, no matter the size of the gatherings that started late last week.

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In response to grand jury recommendations following the fatal police shooting of an African-American man last summer, officers with the Pensacola Police Department are now receiving implicit bias training.

“It’s not just about race, it’s not just about gender,” says Dr. Cedric Alexander, clarifying that the training he’s providing covers all areas of diversity.

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The shooting death of Tymar Crawford in July continues to loom over City Hall, and is expected to do that into the near future at least.

Crawford, 28, was shot five times by Pensacola police detective Daniel Siemen following a slow-speed chase and confrontation near downtown. A grand jury last month declined to file criminal charges.

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The Escambia County Grand Jury made the decision not to indict former Pensacola Police Department Det. Daniel Siemen in the July 5 shooting death of Tymar Crawford.

“Upon the release of the video, it will be difficult to watch, and we hope that the public and media will treat this with the sensitivity it deserves,” Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter said in a release from Pensacola Police Department. 


A Pensacola Police detective involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect in a July confrontation has been fired.

Daniel Siemen was the only officer to discharge his weapon during the incident involving Tymar Crawford on July 5. He had been on paid administrative leave since then.

“The detective was terminated after an internal investigation by the Pensacola Police Department; and he was found to have violated the department’s use of deadly force policy,” said Officer Mike Wood, a Pensacola Police spokesman.

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While preparations are ongoing for the formation of a gun safety task for in and around the city of Pensacola, another issue – more police scrutiny – came up during Mayor Grover Robinson’s weekly news conference at City Hall on Monday.

“Our men and women in the Pensacola Police Department do an excellent job, and it’s a tough job they have to do; and I appreciate the work that they do every day protecting us,” said Robinson.