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Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor sworn in listen

10/01/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa has a new Police Chief. Chief Jane Castor was sworn in this afternoon after being unanimously approved this morning by the Tampa City Council.

Castor is the city’s first woman and its first openly lesbian police chief. She served as the Tampa Police Department’s liaison to the gay and lesbian community. LGBT advocates such as Equality Florida have said they are “thrilled” at Mayor Pam Iorio’s choice of Castor to become chief. City Co...

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Tampa Police face more abuse allegations listen

02/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Members of the Tampa City Council today spoke out after once again hearing complaints by a few public housing residents of abuse by a member of the Tampa Police Department.

For months, there has been criticism of police officer Dusty Rhodes, who works at North Boulevard Homes – but there has been seemingly no action taken, either by angry residents or other authorities in following up on such allegations.

Mark Newton said that everytime he’s on certain streets in West Tampa, Rhodes ...


Amnesty International report: Tasers kill 334 in last 7 years listen

12/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In September, 46-year-old Roney Wilson died after being zapped three times with a Taser by Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies in Plant City.

According to a new report released Tuesday by Amnesty International, 334 people died after being stunned by such guns by law enforcement in the United States during a seven-year period ending in August.

Dalia Hashad is director of the USA Program at Amnesty International USA. She said the organization has a research team in London which works...

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Mayor asked to investigate police harassment at housing project listen

10/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council today voted to recommend to Mayor Pam Iorio that she appoint an investigative body to study interactions between the Tampa Police Department and residents at a public housing development.

The action was proposed after several public housing residents complained of ill treatment by the police.

Kim Reid lives at North Boulevard homes. She said she called the Tampa Police Department last March, but says she only received harassment.

Connie Burton was kicked out ...


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