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Uhurus urge independent review of Dawson shooting listen

08/15/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement held a press conference in St. Petersburg, three days after State Attorney Bernie McCabe’s report on the shooting of Javon Dawson was released.

The report cleared Officer Terence Nemeth of any wrongdoing the in death of Javon Dawson. Since the report on the incident was released, Gov. Charlie Crist has called for a review of McCabe’s report after members of the group Justice for Javon Dawson marched in Tallahassee and got 1...

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Pinellas Commissioner Welch on Dawson verdict listen

08/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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About two dozen protesters traveled from St. Petersburg to Tallahassee, demanding a new investigation into the shooting death of teenager Javon Dawson.

The protest came less than 24 hours after Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe exonerated St. Pete Police officer Terence Nemeth in an eight-page report on the death of Dawson.

Nemeth said that Dawson was pointing a gun at him when he shot him dead at a graduation party in June. But critics said Dawson was unarmed, and said it wa...

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Uhurus hold conference on economic development

06/23/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday in St. Petersburg, the Uhurus met in St. Petersburg to talk about the city’s economic development plans and the Rays ballpark proposal.

The Uhuru Movement in St. Petersburg is a group dedicated to the unity of Africans internationally. They met yesterday at the Uhuru House in South St. Petersburg, where they hosted a conference about the economic development projects in St. Petersburg, the primary one being the construction of a new waterfront stadium.

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Group hires lawyer for shooting witnesses listen

06/12/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning, supporters of Javon Dawson, a teen who was shot and killed by a St. Petersburg police officer last Saturday, unveiled their “Justice for Javon Dawson Committee.”

Omali Yeshitela is the Chair of the African Peoples’ Socialist Party. He said Dawson’s death was unnecessary and blamed the police.

The St. Petersburg Police claim that Officer Terrance Nemeth fired two shots after Dawson aimed a gun at him. They released photographs of a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revol...


Teen shot, killed by St. Pete Police listen

06/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday night in St. Petersburg, a teenage boy was shot and killed by a St. Petersburg Police officer during a high school graduation celebration. The police say 17-year old Javon Dawson fired a gun outside the Shining Light Masonic Lodge where several hundred teenagers had gathered, but there are others who say the police murdered an unarmed teen.

Nyabinga Dzinbahwe is a member of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, also known as the Uhurus. Dzinbahwe said witnesses ...


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