This past rainy weekend didn’t keep protestors from continuing their march through Orlando. On Sunday, downtown Orlando’s curfew was changed from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. While tensions between local law enforcement and civilians still run high throughout the country, Orange County Sheriff Mina has expressed his support for both the community and law enforcement.

"It's more important for me as a sheriff to listen to all of you," Mina said to a group of protestors on Saturday. "And believe me, I've been listening. My emails have been flooded with ideas and suggestions, criticisms, but also some constructive things that we can actually put in place."

Mina continued his statement: "The Orange County Sheriff's Department works hard every day to keep you safe at risk of their own lives," but he acknowledged they "aren't perfect."

While there are glimpses at moments of solidarity between officers and civilians, reform, defunding and even abolition of police are being discussed across the nation. 

The Minneapolis City Council announced its intention of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department and replacing it with a community-based public safety system.

Following this, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization of 78 chiefs, commissioners, and sheriffs from the largest cities across the nation, released a statement on Twitter arguing that efforts to defund the police are ill-informed.

The post was retweeted by Orange County Sheriff John Mina yesterday, but no further commentary was included.

The MCCA statement also said that reform and transparency in law enforcement are needed, but that the defunding of police would ultimately harm everyone, particularly communities that are already vulnerable.

“The call to defund police in order to address the social and economic ills of our nation, prior to actually addressing our social disparities, is largely a false equivalence,” the statement reads.

Reform measures proposed by police departments across the country include banning the use of unnecessary force, immediate intervention and reporting of misconduct by other officers, continued de-escalation training, and more.

This past Sunday, Orlando Police tweeted that over 10,000 people peacefully protested and that no arrests were made.

Mayor Buddy Dyer lifted the 8 p.m. curfew on Saturday while still keeping the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. limit.

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