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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...


Two St Pete Police Officers shot and killed this morning listen

01/24/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two St. Petersburg Police Officers were shot and killed this morning. They are Thomas Baitinger and Jeffrey Yaslowitz. A third law enforcement officer, a U.S. Marshal, is injured. More information is becoming available at this hour.

This is St. Pete Police Chief Chuck Harmon in a press conference late this morning.

The suspect, Hydra Lacy, Jr., is a registered sex offender and the brother of professional boxer Jeff Lacy. He was found dead inside the home this afternoon.

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East Tampa residents critical of police response to killings of two officers listen

08/03/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After two Tampa Police officers were killed in East Tampa in June, police began a several-day manhunt for the alleged shooter, Dontae Morris. But weeks after Morris turned himself in, residents of the community are still concerned about how the police acted during the search. About two dozen gathered at the College Hill library to share their experiences.

The meeting was called by the Black People's Advancement and Defense Organization, a local group created earlier this year with the miss...


At Tiger Bay Bill Foster addresses chase policy, BayWalk, budget listen

02/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, the St. Petersburg city administration and police department suggested loosening the city’s police chase policy. A new policy would allow police vehicles to pursue some fleeing car thieves and burglars. It was the first subject residents wanted to hear about at Tuesday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting featuring St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.

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Saul-Sena protested by police union during commission run announcement listen

01/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena officially announced she is running for Hillsborough County Commission. But outside, police union members braved gusty winds and temperatures in the low forties to protest her recent vote against a raise for some Tampa police. Saul-Sena said she chose to make the announcement at Tampa Union Station because it represents transportation, history, and cooperation.

But many police officers are upset with Saul-Sena for joining four other Ci...

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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 ...


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