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Should law enforcement departments keep the spoils from seized money and property? listen

04/16/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: police, Florida, Florida Legislature, Jeff Brandes, Arthenia Joyner, Joe Negron

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A Florida Senate committee is considering a bill by St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes to direct money and property seized by police to charities instead of to the law enforcement agency itself.

Thursday morning in the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Republican Senator Joe Negron supported Brandes’ bill.

An amendment by Tampa Democratic Senator Arthenia Joyner attempted to keep seized assets in the hands of law enforcement.

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ACLU of Florida criticizes Range-R radar use by police and other surveillance methods listen

02/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: ACLU, Florida, ACLU of Florida, Michael Pheneger, surveillance, Consitution, civil liberties, police, Sarasota, Range-R, StingRay

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The ACLU of Florida is criticizing a type of radar that is being used by police to penetrate buildings. The name of the device is Range-R. To talk about Range-R and other surveillance methods, WMNF's Seán Kinane was joined in the studio by Michael Pheneger, the local chair of the ACLU of Florida, who also took calls from listeners.

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St. Pete police chief and mayor want a social contract with the community listen

01/28/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Saint Petersburg, Gibbs High School, Rick Krisemand, Anthony Holloway, police, law enforcement, profiling

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St. Petersburg police are asking residents to help find solutions to the department’s image problems. Tuesday night 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.

It started with an address, first from Chief of Police Anthony Holloway, then the mayor, Rick Kriseman. The chief...

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Cornel West fires up the crowd in AME church in St. Pete listen

01/15/15 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Cornel West, Barack Obama, drones, police, violence, Ferguson, black, Media, Saint Petersburg, protest, funk

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Dr. Cornel West, a polarizing black intellectual, gave an electrifying speech at an overflowing church Wednesday night in St. Petersburg. West spoke as part of the Heritage Lecture Series put on by St. Petersburg College and a community nonprofit run by Mt. Zion AME Church. West made full use of his seminary training in a hybrid mix of sermon and lecture.

West touched on a broad swath of topics ranging from law enforcement violence to drone warfare and conservative media. The thread runni...

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Sixty Tampa Police will wear body cameras as part of pilot program listen

01/08/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa Police, Tampa City Council, police, Tampa, Jane Castor

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Tampa Police will roll out a pilot program to check the effectiveness of officers wearing body cameras; It’s part of a nationwide movement to document more interactions between police and the public, especially following several high-profile deaths.

Council member Frank Reddick asked Chief Jane Castor how Tampa Police officers felt about using the cameras.

Chief Castor said the cameras will be purchased from TASER International and the contract for storage and analysis of the video wil...

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St. Petersburg Police Chief gets proactive about police engagement as protesters rally outside listen

12/10/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Anthony Holloway, Uhuru, African American, police, violence, racial profile, profiling, Urban League, Saint Petersburg, sensitivity training

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Amid a nationwide outcry for justice and concerns about racial profiling in African-American communities, the Saint Petersburg Chief of Police hosted a panel Tuesday night about police engagement. Around 20 city officials, members of the black community, and current and former law enforcement brainstormed ways to reduce racial profiling.

While Chief Anthony Holloway’s meeting was going on inside police headquarters, about 30 protesters rallied outside against police violence.

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Activists demand black control of the police in their neighborhoods listen

12/08/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Race, profiling, police, brutality, Michael Brown, Anthony Holloway, Florida Courier, Eric Garner, Uhuru, racism

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In the wake of a series of police killings around the country, Sunday in St. Petersburg community activists held a forum on police violence and institutional racism. The city's new police chief backed out of participating- which didn't sit well with the audience.

The forum was sponsored by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement at their headquarters on 18th Avenue South. About 100 people attended. One of the speakers- Rev. Manuel Sykes Pasto...

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Ferguson solidarity rally planned for Friday in Tampa listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Uhurus, St. Pete, Raices en Tampa, Eric Gardner, Race, police

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update: The rally is in Gaslight Square*

There have been several small protests around the Tampa Bay area since a grand jury in Missouri announced it would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown; now, several groups are coming together for one major rally in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning WMNF interviewed Alekos Zambrano with Raices en Tampa, one of t...

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USF students will rally against police brutality and in solidarity with Ferguson protesters listen

12/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, Michael Brown, USF, SDS, Students for Justice in Palestine, Amensty International, police, police brutality

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Over the holiday weekend the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri resigned from the force; but that hasn’t calmed the outrage in cities across the country that he will not be indicted.

Here in Tampa, students at the University of South Florida are organizing a rally and march Tuesday at noon to fight against police brutality and to demonstrate in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson.

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Tampa activists upset after no indictment of Ferguson cop listen

11/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Raices en Tampa, Laila Abdelaziz, Marisol Marquez, Dezeray Lyn, SDS, USF, Tampa, police

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On Tuesday, the day after the St. Louis County grand jury handed down its decision it would not indict the white Ferguson police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were demonstrations in St. Petersburg and in Tampa.

About twenty people braved the rain outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday morning for a Ferguson Solidarity rally.

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