Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 1

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH USING CONFEDERATE FLAG AS WEAPON

Police say 21-year-old Christopher Monzon threatened a crowd of about 100 people who gathered outside Hollywood City Hall Wednesday to support removing the names of Confederate generals from city streets. Monzon yelled at the demonstrators and then charged at them before officers quickly tackled him. Hollywood’s commissioners later approved the removal of the names.

REVIEW: DEATH OF 69-YEAR-OLD MANATEE SNOOTY WAS PREVENTABLE

South Florida Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio announced the findings Thursday after a review by animal welfare attorney James Gesualdi. Snooty was found dead July 23, two days after his birthday. The large marine mammal had become trapped in a maintenance tube. The review found aquarium staff members were aware of the maintenance panel being loose or missing screws a week earlier, but an effective repair was never completed.

JUDGE: PANAMA EX-PRESIDENT SHOULD BE EXTRADITED FROM US

The ruling issued Thursday goes to the State Department, which will ultimately decide if ex-President Ricardo Martinelli must return to Panama. The department has argued in court papers that it supports Martinelli’s extradition. Martinelli was Panama’s president from 2009-2014. He is accused of illegally monitoring phone calls and other communications of at least 150 people using an extensive surveillance system.

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY PROSECUTOR LOSES FIGHT WITH GOVERNOR

The court ruled 5-2 Thursday that Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala showed a misunderstanding of Florida law by not considering use of the death penalty on a case-by-case basis. Scott has taken more than 25 murder cases from Ayala and reassigned them to a neighboring prosecutor after she said in March that her office would no longer seek the death penalty.

MIAMI DETECTIVE FATALLY SHOOTS MAN DURING TRAFFIC STOP

Miami-Dade police said in a news release that detectives with the Crime Suppression Team stopped a red Nissan on Wednesday night and conducted a routine records check. They learned that both men inside the vehicle had open arrest warrants. As detectives went back to the car to arrest the men, one of the suspects ran. One of the detectives followed him and following a confrontation, shots were fired.

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