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Despite community outcry, Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper defends Bob Buckhorn

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Following the May 31 shooting death of 14-year-old Edward Harris, I wrote about Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement following the tragedy. “These young people, if they want to end up a statistic, either incarcerated or dead, the choice is theirs,” Buckhorn told the Times.  “Either get out of the life and find good role models, or you end up in the street in a pool of blood at age 14. That’s the reality.” The statement came across as cold and out…

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