Approximately 25 local members of Black Lives Matter peacefully walked the sidewalks from Cauley Loft Park in Mount Dora to the city's police department. The group, carrying an array of signs, discussed the protest in advance with MDPD, a department focused on proactive community-oriented policing to improve public safety.
Protesters later expressed their appreciation to officers for assisting them in their efforts. Officer Mike Garcia went beyond the call of duty and personally treated the group to hamburgers after the event.
Events took an interesting turn after the protest. As another officer drove home from the event, he stopped to help a disabled car on S.R. 46. Officer Sevin Still discovered a panicked woman with an unresponsive infant in her arms. He immediately assessed the child and administered what was likely life-saving first aid.
Another officer returning home after the protest, Officer Severance, stopped to assist. Within minutes the baby began to show signs of life.
This morning MDPD Sargeant Bennett checked on the infant at the hospital and dropped off a stuffed animal. The grateful parents reported their daughter was doing well.
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