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DeSantis signs bills to shield police

Governor Ron DeSantis appeared at Tallahassee this morning to sign two bills regarding law enforcement. Listen: SB 184 First, the Halo Bill shields police from harassment if they are “actively doing their job.” That means...
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The Winter Haven Police Department is giving away gun locks

The Winter Haven Police Department will begin a giveaway of gun locks to ensure citizens have the proper security for their guns at home.
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Ron DeSantis gets a bill that would eliminate citizen boards to review police misconduct in Florida

A controversial bill to prevent investigations of local law enforcement by civilian review boards was sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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The Scoop: Tues. February 27, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

Sarasota Police The Sarasota Police Department is actively investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday morning near the Ringling Museum. Measles in Polk County Measles confirmed in Polk County, first adult case in Florida this...
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A Florida Panhandle sheriff’s deputy fired shots toward a handcuffed suspect after mistaking an acorn landing for gunfire

The incident was triggered not by an actual threat, but rather by the sound of an acorn hitting an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s patrol car.
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Senate bill banning police review boards moves forward

Listen:   A bill to dismantle police citizen review boards moved forward in the state senate on Wednesday, but critics say the bill would end a program that builds trust between police and the community....
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Police review boards are targeted by Florida Legislature

A Florida Senate committee approved an effort to ban review boards that investigate local law enforcement.

Florida House advances controversial bill to dissolve police citizen review boards

Listen: House Speaker Paul Renner has promised to end citizen police review boards. The bill to do that is now moving forward in the State House. Renner made the pledge during opening remarks on Tuesday....

Bills in the Florida Legislature would shield the names of police officers who say they are crime victims

The proposals would create a public-records exemption — including for police officers who say they are crime victims.
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The Scoop: Fri., October 6, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Jacksonville police beat man Last Friday, Le’Keian Woods was brutally beaten by Jacksonville Sheriff’s officers. His family joined his attorneys for a news conference this week.   DeSantis campaigns in Tampa Governor Ron DeSantis campaigned...
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Justin Garcia talks about his reporting on local police departments

We talk about police issues with Justin Garcia, who is the Tampa Bay Times’ state and local accountability reporter.
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Woke AF? DeSantis-appointed Disney board votes to defund police overtime

Property owners in a special district that includes Walt Disney World could see a reduction in their property-tax rate.

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