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Police officers train in Tampa for RNC bike patrol listen

03/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Police Department will be purchasing 200 bicycles costing nearly $1,600 each for use during the Republican National Convention in August. This week, officers from five law enforcement agencies across the state are being trained on how to safely patrol from a bicycle. Tampa police captain Brian Dugan said there are several reasons why a bicycle patrol program will help with security efforts during a convention that is expected to draw 70,000 visitors.

“When you have that much...

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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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Man dies after deputies taser him 3 times listen

09/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A Plant City man was killed last night after Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies zapped him three times with a taser gun.

Roney Wilson, 46, was with his family in Plant City last night when he became violent.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Wilson became violent after he neglected to take his medication. He smashed the windshield of his mother's Nissan pickup with his fist, which prompted his mother to spray him with a garden hose to try to subdue him. That’s when a family m...

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