Ministers speak about officer shooting

Posted at 1:10 PM, Apr 26, 2016

As the investigation into the officer involved shooting of a Fort Pierce man continues, the city’s police chief says she his concerned for her officers safety.

St. Lucie County has three popular Facebook pages that monitor scanner traffic.  They also allow public comments.  But one page recently posted that the comments were getting out of hand.

“I have to say there have been a number of threats on our officers lives,” said Chief Diane Hobley-Burney.

The chief says she understands there is frustration in the community over the police involved shooting of 21 year-old Demetrius Semer.

“We’re grieving as the family is grieving. My heart aches.  It truly aches about this,” said the Chief.

Tuesday, the Lincoln Park Council of Ministers met at the Bethel AME church, where Semer was an usher and sang in the choir.

“And a young man without a criminal record, sadly even that did not prevent his death,” said Reverend Kenneth Mills.

Tuesday there were no updates from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the shooting. Chief Hobley-Burney says regardless of the current situation, they are still responding to calls and invested in the community.

“We shouldn’t have that over us that if we go to a call, someone is going to harm us.  We’re here to help you.”

The City is holding a special council meeting Wednesday night at 6 to discuss the issue.