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Tampa police review policy pushed to 2021 following citizen pushback

The Tampa City Council Thursday voted unanimously to push considering changes to its police Citizen Review Board until early 2021. Citizens came out in droves in person and virtually to call for citizen-led oversight of...

Trump supporters gather in Downtown St. Pete to counter Black Lives Matter activists in tense, but peaceful night

One week after a counter-protester pulled a gun during a Black Lives Matter march in downtown St. Petersburg, activists and counter-protest groups again clashed in St. Pete Saturday. With an increased police presence, no violence...

Hillsborough State Attorney won’t file charges against activist who jumped on hood of car that drove through June protest

The Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office said it will not file charges against an activist who jumped on the hood of a car as it drove through a June protest in Tampa. His attorney said...

New Port Richey officer who gave intel to armed counter-protester is out of a job and activists want department investigated

A New Port Richey police officer who provided department information about Black Lives Matter protests to a “Back the Blue” activist is no longer employed by the city’s police department. Listen: According to the New...

St. Pete protesters supporting Breonna Taylor face threats from police supporters and more vehicles after viral video

Before they marched, they prayed. Protesters marched with renewed vigor this week after a grand jury in Kentucky chose to not bring charges against officers who killed Breonna Taylor. Listen: After four straight months of...
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Activists call for $13 million Tampa police increase to instead be put into social programs

Tampa and Hillsborough County are both set to adopt new budgets this week. Both are also set to increase law enforcement spending as activists in the area call for some of that money to be...

Hillsborough Sheriff announces expansion of Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program

Leaders in Hillsborough County say that a program to keep kids out of jail and give them citations instead is working. So they’re making changes to expand and improve the Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program. Hillsborough...

A Pizza Hut driver was filmed driving through Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Pete and the company is keeping quiet

Last Thursday, Black Lives Matter activists with the St. Pete Peace Protest captured video as a Pizza Hut delivery driver drove through demonstrators standing in a crosswalk. Activists are calling for the driver and a...

Radioactivity Tuesday: Investigative report links futuristic policing to citizen harassment in Pasco County

September 8, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. The Tampa Bay Times recently published an investigative report on a new, high-tech form of policing—one which tries to stop crime before it happens....
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Black Lives Matter protests: Hillsborough State Attorney drops some charges, pursues others

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office released information Friday afternoon about charges related to Black Lives Matter protests that it is either pursuing or dropping. For example, Andrew Warren’s office said it will not pursue criminal...
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Putting more police in Florida schools is hurting students, study finds

A new study from the University of Florida and the ALCU claims that increased policing in schools has not made schools any safer and might be doing more bad than good. The mass shooting and...
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Pinellas County Sheriff has a new official policy on how deputies execute search warrants

On Tuesday the Pinellas Sheriff said his office is making official a new policy on how deputies execute search warrants. Ever since police in Louisville, Kentucky killed Breonna Taylor while conducting what’s called a “no-knock”...

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