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Polk Group Claims Deputies Spied on Meeting

Polk Group Claims Deputies Spied on Meeting

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/AP)- Members of an organization in central Florida established to support minorities and poor people who have suffered racial injustices say a sheriff's office sent undercover deputies to spy on a meeting.

The Poor and Minority Justice Association provided The Associated Press with an email Thursday ostensibly written by an undercover Polk Sheriff's officer and allegedly sent to top officials in the department.

In the email, the undercover officer allegedly wrote that "detectives acted in an undercover capacity to gain intel during the meeting," which was held on July 27, 2012 at a building leased by a church in Winter Haven. The church pastor and head of the group provided the email. The AP could not verify its contents.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said she couldn't comment.


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