Laila Abdelaziz

Critic says Buckhorn’s Police review board not independent

On Friday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a new Citizens Review Board to keep an eye on the city’s police department; on WMNF’s MidPoint, Seán Kinane spoke with Laila Abdelaziz, a critic who is part of a movement that thinks an independent board is needed instead. Abdelaziz is legislative and government affairs director at CAIR Florida… Read more »

Biking While Black DoJ

“Biking While Black” citations decline in Tampa

Update from Friday, August 28: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced the creation of a Citizens Review Board to review issues related to the Tampa Police Department.  The number of citations Tampa Police are issuing to bicyclists has sharply declined over the past three months; during a presentation to Tampa City Council Thursday morning the… Read more »

Devan Cheaves, BAAC. WMNF News.

Preview of Know Your Rights workshop in St. Pete

In the twelve months since Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson Missouri renewed attention has been paid to interactions between police and residents of the communities they monitor, especially people of color; a group called the Bay Area Activist Coalition (BAAC) is hosting a workshop in south St. Petersburg Friday evening to… Read more »

RNC activist criticizes police infiltration, and climate scientist discusses recent heavy rains

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with local activist Amos Miers, who was with the group Resist RNC, about a recent Tampa Bay Times story reporting that during the RNC, a multi-agency undercover police operation  infiltrated and assumed leadership position within protest groups. Then we look at whether recent torrential rains and flooding in Tampa… Read more »

Lisa Montelione

Community discussion Tuesday on “bicycling while black” in Tampa

On Tuesday evening The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is asking for the public’s input on the Tampa Police Department’s practices of issuing citations for traffic and bicycle infractions. It stems from a Tampa Bay Times report in April that found that out of 2500 bicycle citations over… Read more »

Department of Justice forum gets input from Tampa residents on “biking while black” citations

The US Department of Justice is getting community input about the Tampa Police policy of handing out bicycle citations – overwhelmingly to black residents. They held a community listening session at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Tuesday night. “Always have been and still is,” was all James Delain can say when WMNF asked him… Read more »