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Tampa activists upset after no indictment of Ferguson cop listen

11/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Raices en Tampa, Laila Abdelaziz, Marisol Marquez, Dezeray Lyn, SDS, USF, Tampa, police


On Tuesday, the day after the St. Louis County grand jury handed down its decision it would not indict the white Ferguson police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were demonstrations in St. Petersburg and in Tampa.

About twenty people braved the rain outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday morning for a Ferguson Solidarity rally.

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Opponents of police violence say "Not One More Black Life" listen

10/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, guns, police, police violence, St. Petersburg, Uhurus


Because of the death of a black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues of racism and police killings have been in the national spotlight; but a group in St. Petersburg wants to make sure police violence against the black community doesn’t fade from view.

WMNF spoke with Kefira Baron, the St. Petersburg chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, about Thursday’s event called “Not One More Black Life.” It's this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South, in St. Petersburg,...

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Could Ferguson happen in Tampa? listen

10/10/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, civil rights, Tampa, police, law enforcement, Ferguson, Florida Courier, Eric Deggans, Media, body camera, Patel Center


The Black community perceives law enforcement through a lens of personal experience and how the media cover the news. It was evident during a forum Thursday night at USF on whether Ferguson, Missouri, styled civil unrest could happen in Tampa.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found a staggering racial divide in perception of the Ferguson p...

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Uhurus oppose Pinellas Schools plan for assault rifles for school police listen

09/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Uhurus, Chimurenga Waller, Pinellas County Schools, War, weapons, guns, police


A plan by the Pinellas County School District to acquire assault rifles for campus police is coming under fire from the black community.

Friday morning the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement held a press conference in front of the Pinellas County School Board building to criticize further weaponizing schools.

Afterward, WMNF spoke by phone with their local president, Chimurenga Waller.

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Ferguson solidarity rally in St. Pete to end police violence and militarization listen

09/02/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Race, marijuana, Ferguson, police, police militarization, ACLU, police violence, Michael Brown, rally, arrests, St. Petersburg


Some citizens of St. Petersburg are outraged the at the militarization of the city's police and systemic racial inequality. They gathered in peaceful rally Saturday to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The protesters' contempt for police injustice isn't a question of better police public relations; it goes much deeper.

Issues like ethnic injustice and inequality have reverberated around the country following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. So...

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Retired LAPD Deputy Chief discusses police using military hardware across the nation

08/20/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Stephen Downing, police, LAPD, Defense Department


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to retired LAPD Deputy Chief Stephen Downing about the military hardware that’s getting into the hands of police officers around the nation.

The Pentagon’s top spokesman said Tuesday that he defended the program under which the Defense Department has sent military equipment to police departments across the country, including Ferguson, Mo., where clashes between police and civilians have continued 10 days after a white police officer shot and kill...

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Police brutality and car chases in black neighborhoods bemoaned by NAACP listen

06/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The NAACP is crying foul over the St. Petersburg Police Department’s use force and frequent car chases in predominantly black neighborhoods. Tuesday night during a town hall meeting at their midtown office, more than 40 people weighed in on the problem. Angela Owens is an attorney working with the group.

“The value of apprehending a suspect verses the possible danger to innocent people, that’s what they’re supposed to be weighing. But, the real irony of it is that, if they’re we...

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Peeping cops now against the law in Tampa listen

12/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members approved changes today to an ordinance making it a crime for Tampa Police officers to use surveillance cameras to look into private residences. The move is a response to concern that cameras purchased for the Republican National Convention last summer could be used inappropriately by law enforcement.

The change expands a current Tampa city ordinance against peeping Toms to include officers using the surveillance equipment who could have the ability to use camera...


Mainstream media has it wrong about anarchists, activists say as they clean up neighborhood listen

08/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Occupy Tampa encampment has come under fire by some community leaders in West Tampa who think it’s an eye sore. Today, the group is cleaning it up along with some other areas in the neighborhood. But they’re not just doing it to help out their neighbors. Bailey Riley was one of the occupiers who organized the effort. She said it’s also a way to combat rising opinions that people in the movement are anarchists bent on chaos and destruction.

“And what a lot of people don’t...


Tampa Police say their manhunt for Dantae Morris was proper listen

05/03/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last summer Tampa Police conducted a manhunt for Dontae Morris, who allegedly shot and killed two police officers. Some residents of the community say that the police may have gone too far. Today Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Mayor Bob Buckhorn held a press conference to release a report on the search.

Castor stressed the importance of relationships between the police an...

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