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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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Times’ editorial compares targeted bike citations to homicides in Tampa

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The Tampa Bay Times is not backing down on its investigative report showing Tampa Police actively target individuals for minor bike thefts. The report uncovered citations issued to bike rule-violators overwhelmingly went to minority riders in low-income areas. The report documented personal stories from people in communities like East Tampa and West Tampa near North Boulevard Homes. One person had his bike confiscated because he couldn’t produce a receipt showing he had purchased it. I don’t ride my bike with…

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Online petition calls for Bob Buckhorn to publicly apologize for Edward Harris shooting comment

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Community activists are calling on Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to apologize to the family of a 14-year-old who was gunned down late last month for inappropriate comments he made immediately following the shooting. Edward Harris was fatally shot in Woodland Terrace Park by an unknown shooter in a passing vehicle. Harris was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he died from his injury. Buckhorn responded to the neighborhood to speak with residents in the community. While there, he spoke with…

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Bob Buckhorn’s foot-in-mouth problem

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Chicagoans don’t like Tampa very much right now. And that’s not just because their beloved Blackhawks got bested by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Saturday’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. It’s because they can’t buy tickets to playoff games at Amalie Arena. Owners have a controversial policy that includes not selling tickets to people with out-of-state addresses. In an interview about the policy prior to Game 2, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn likely made it worse. “We didn’t want…

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Bob Buckhorn’s poor choice of words

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has done a lot of good in his city. He’s revived a long under-utilized riverfront. He’s worked hard to eliminate blight in troubled neighborhoods. He’s taken leaps when it comes to attracting jobs. But he’s not always good about holding his tongue. This time, he went a little too far. Over the weekend 14-year-old Edward Harris was gunned down in broad daylight in East Tampa. It was the 18th homicide in Tampa this year and representative of…

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