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Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform formed as Legislative Session formally begins

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With numerous criminal justice reform bills already moving through Florida House and Senate committees this year, a nonpartisan coalition called The Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform announced Monday its formation on the eve of the 2017 Legislative Session. The Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform includes the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU of Florida, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, League of Women Voters, R Street Institute, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Public Defender Association, Florida Legal Services, Florida Immigrant Coalition, New…

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Tampa activists blast Bob Buckhorn’s version of a police Civilian Review Board

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If it were up to Bob Buckhorn, there wouldn’t be a police Civilian Review Board (CRB). The mayor signed an executive order creating such a board late last week, after activists and later City Council Chairman Frank Reddick began calling for such an agency in the wake of the report by the Tampa Bay Times in April that the Tampa Police Department was disproportionately citing blacks for bicycle infractions. However, those same citizens who were calling for its creation are criticizing what the…

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Tampa citizens gather to present their version of a police civilian review board

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Early next month, Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward will present to the Tampa City Council the results of his research about a model for a civilian review board to oversee Tampa Police operations. City Attorney Julia Mandell will also brief the council about her own research into the city’s charter to determine who has the authority — the mayor or the council — to create such a board. Tampa is actually in the minority of big cities in the United States in…

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