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Manatee NAACP accuses Bradenton Police of racial disparities

The Manatee County NAACP is pointing out racial disparities in policing by the Bradenton Police; Rodney Jones, president of the Manatee branch of the NAACP, used a public records request to get documents showing that 21 percent of motorists stopped by police are black, even though African-Americans make up only 16 percent of the city’s population…. Read more »

Group says amendment 2 will legalize pot with little regulation; Protests continue over shooting death of unarmed black man in Clair-Mel

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160906_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On the first part of Radioactivity Tuesday we discuss Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and the group who is opposed to it. Our first guest is Jessica Spencer, spokesperson for the vote no on 2 campaign, who says that the amendment language would down the road lead full legalization… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police chief: body camera pilot worked

Tampa’s Police Chief told City Council Thursday that the number of bicycle stops and citations continue to decrease; Eric Ward also pointed to results of a USF pilot study showing that Tampa Police officers wearing a body camera responded with physical force less often. Chief Ward says the Mayor’s proposed budget did not include funds for more… Read more »

Florida This Week: Rubio calls Trump a “Con-man”, Florida Republicans wants party to divert money from Trump race.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160822_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talks show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the biggest stories in national and state news: Marco Rubio sticks by his description of… Read more »

Women’s Show – So Many Shootings?

After last week, do you feel you are on a powder keg that is just about ready to explode?…. …or have we been on an active volcano for a long time and just haven’t paid any attention to the lava flow?  Everything is connected, and I am more and more feeling that the problems at… Read more »

Minneapolis civil attorney discusses racial tension following shootings of black men, Dallas ambush of police officers

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160708_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Public outrage once again flared over the shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police. A video  uploaded to social media on Tuesday show Alton Sterling, 37, being shot and killed at point-blank range while being apprehended by Baton Rouge police. Less than a day later, Philando Castile… Read more »

Florida This Week looks at sniper attack in Dallas, Gov. Scott’s response to algae blooms

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160711_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we played last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts discuss the biggest stories from Florida and around the country: The Dallas sniper attack… Read more »

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Tampa Mayor & Police Chief respond to Dallas shootings

Five police officers were killed by gunfire in Dallas Thursday night at a peaceful protest march protesting the shootings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota; Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called a press conference Friday morning with the city’s police chief to show solidarity with the Dallas officers who were killed. Listen: “Now, make no mistake,… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, July 7- Harold Meyerson and Michelle Williams

On today’s program we spoke with the American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson about the impact that Bernie Sanders still has on the Democratic Party, and in particular where the platform committee of the DNC is moving as the convention nears. Meyerson recently penned a piece called “The First Post Middle Class Election” which we discussed on… Read more »

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Part of Tampa Bay cleanup canceled due to Donald Trump rally

Part of a major Tampa Bay cleanup effort scheduled for Saturday will be canceled because of a Donald Trump rally; the presumptive Republican nominee for president will speak at the Tampa Convention Center and it means that volunteer divers won’t be able to clean up a pier along Bayshore Boulevard. Tom Damico is environmental program coordinator… Read more »

Extremely high number of Walmart calls to police raises concerns. Is Walmart foisting cost of security onto taxpayers?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160516_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei We start Radioactivity Monday with the latest episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs show, hosted by Rob Lorei, that is broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday Nights. This week’s panel of political experts and insiders discuss the biggest stories in Florida news and politics:  A… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police Chief takes questions from council on “biking while black”

The Tampa Police Chief answered questions Thursday morning from members of City Council about last month’s Department of Justice report that found police disproportionally stopped black bicyclists. The report concluded that despite evidence of “stark racial disparities” there was not racial discrimination because of “race-neutral motivations.” City Council member Lisa Montelione asked Chief Eric Ward how… Read more »

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Tampa for Justice wants civil rights investigation of police

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that although the Tampa Police Department issued disproportionately more tickets to black bicyclists that it was not intentional and therefore not racial discrimination. That study was done by Justice’s COPS program – Community Oriented Policing Services. We played a summary from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police didn’t racially discriminate when handing out more citations to black bicyclists: DoJ

The Tampa Police Department issued disproportionately more citations and tickets to black bicycle riders – but it was not intentional racial discrimination; those are some of the conclusions of a Department of Justice report released Tuesday morning. It found 73 percent of bicycle stops in 2014 and the first eight months of 2015 involved black bicyclists, even… Read more »

Religious group protests Hillsborough Sheriffs rejection of civil citations for minors caught with pot

Demonstrators gathered outside the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office in Ybor City  Thursday afternoon, calling on Sheriff David Gee to reverse his decision to arrest minors caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of issuing them civil citations. The vigil was put together  by The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, also known as  HOPE, which is made-up of various religious groups through out the county…. Read more »