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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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Activists cry foul over police handling search for shooting suspect listen

02/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, police charged a 16-year-old St. Petersburg boy in the killing of a police officer. The Chief Assistant State Attorney said suspect Nicholas Lindsey will likely be charged as an adult, which could mean life in prison. As more details come out surrounding the death of the latest officer killed on duty in St. Petersburg, some activists are crying foul over the way police handled their search for the suspect.

In the last hour, Maj. Michael Kovacsev with the St. Petersburg Police ...


Another Police officer shot & killed in St Pete; includes video of suspect listen

02/22/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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update: late Tuesday night, Nicholas Lemmon Lindsey (who just turned 16 on Feb 13th) turned himself in and confessed to the crime.

Another police officer has been shot and killed in St. Petersburg. In a news conference this afternoon, Police Chief Chuck Harmon said the manhunt continues for the suspect who killed Officer David Crawford late last night.

Harmon said Crawford was issued a bullet-proof vest, but wasn’t wearing it when he was shot.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster says there...


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