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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Last week The Tampa Bay Times published an article looking at how law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area are employing retired officers who still collect pension during their re-employment. They often collect deferred compensation, a lump sum of pension money they receive upon retirement, as part of a program that is suppose to… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Young protesters demonstrate in Tampa for fair policing
MidPoint callers weigh in on running from police
6 Baltimore officers charged in death of Freddie Gray
An interview with family of Tampa man killed in police raid over two dollars worth of pot
Escalating violence in some Tampa neighborhoods unite the Tampa police and residents in raising awareness.
Should law enforcement departments keep the spoils from seized money and property?
at Gibbs High School in south St. Pete, citizens and police officers chatted about ways to make the police presence feel more responsive in the community.
Alternative “Ferguson Black Grand Jury” recommends indictment for officer who killed Michael Brown
Sixty Tampa Police will wear body cameras as part of pilot program
Same-sex marriages begin in Miami-Dade; after midnight in all Florida counties
Black Lives Matter march planned for Tampa on New Year’s Day
Saint Petersburg Chief of Police gets proactive about police engagement as protesters rally outside
in St. Petersburg community activists held a forum on police violence and institutional racism.
Ferguson solidarity rally planned for Friday in Tampa
Tampa activists upset with no indictment of Ferguson cop
Uhurus protest in St. Pete over no indictment for Ferguson officer
Protests and civil disobedience expected in St. Petersburg after Ferguson grand jury announcement
Tampa civil rights group warns Muslims to talk to FBI only with lawyer present