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Lawyer, members of Tampa citizen review board, discuss proposals that could dissolve Florida’s police oversight boards

Companion proposals in the Florida legislature could dissolve police oversight boards across the state, including those in Tampa and St. Petersburg. One bill already cleared a senate committee this week. Joining The Skinny on Friday,...

Lena Young Green on a lifetime of community service

Lena Young Green has been making waves in Tampa for nearly 40 years. She serves on the board of the Tampa Heights Civic Association, and co-founded the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, the Coalition for...

Reforms to Tampa’s “toothless” Citizens Review Board could make it onto the March ballot

Tampa voters could vote on reforms to the city's Police Citizens Review Board in March, if city leaders approve the move during an upcoming workshop.

Tampa City Council to vote on continued funding for mental health co-responder program

The Tampa Police Department’s pilot mental health co-responder program expired on Sept. 30. Additional funding is set for a council vote Thursday.

Tampa’s police review board votes in support of allowing local residents to weigh in on subpoena power

Tampa’s citizen-led police review board voted 6–3 on Tuesday night to recommend that city council put subpoena power for the board on the ballot for voters to decide. This vote is the latest development in...

City of Tampa lagged in notifying its Citizens Review Board and Tampa City Council of an ongoing federal investigation

Last Friday, the city of Tampa quietly shared in a news release that the city is under federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for its now-defunct Crime Free Housing Program — and has...

Tampa Council caves to Castor, police oversight board largely unchanged

Tampa’s City Council Thursday voted to change course on the makeup of its Citizen Review Board. Councilmembers acquiesced a request from Mayor Jane Castor to give her more sway over the police oversight board. LISTEN:...
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Hillsborough’s biggest criminal justice stakeholders commit to supporting civil citations, addressing racial bias

Some of Tampa Bay’s biggest criminal justice stakeholders Monday said they’d support more access to arrest avoidance programs and would address racial bias issues. They spoke during an annual meeting of the Hillsborough Organization for...
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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...

Black Lives Matter, other activists, respond to beating of Jae Passmore with Rally in Tampa park

Dozens of activists gathered in Tampa’s Lykes Gaslight Park Friday morning in response to the arrest and beating of prominent Black Lives Matter activist Jae Passmore. The smell of burning sage mixed with palpable frustration...

Tampa Police arrest 7 for sharing food without permit

On Saturday Tampa Police arrested seven volunteers with Tampa Food Not Bombs for sharing food with hungry people in a city park without a permit — and activists say a repeat scene could occur Tuesday...

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