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Barbara Watson proposes statewide commission to review police shootings

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Last year, the city of Tampa joined Orlando, Miami, Key West and St. Petersburg as the only municipalities in Florida with Citizens Review Boards to police actions and policies. According to a South Florida House Democrat, that’s not nearly comprehensive enough to keep a watchful eye on deadly interactions between the police and the public. And that’s why Miami Beach Gardens Representative Barbara Watson filed a bill last week that would create special review commission to reveal fatal use-of-force incidents by law enforcement personnel.…

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Anti-Donald Trump activists in Tampa make their voices heard before and during his address

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More than four hours before Donald Trump convened a town-hall meeting at the Tampa Convention Center, a group of citizens held their own counter-rally at MacDill Park on the Riverwalk, a short distance from where the once-hyped “Trump Tower Tampa” was supposed to be constructed nearly a decade ago. “Donald Trump is calling for the mass surveillance of Muslim-Americans, he’s suggesting closing down Muslim-American faith institutions, he is openly on the record gone on advocating war crimes against individuals. This is a…

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Alan Grayson says he may call for federal investigation on incident at Florida State Fair

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On February 7, 2014, 14-year-old Andrew Joseph III was killed as he tried to cross Interstate 4 in Tampa just west of U.S. Highway 301 – after being kicked out of the Florida State Fair for alleged disorderly conduct. The teen was one of more than 100 young people ejected that night after deputies said a stampede of teenagers had rushed through the Midway. His father, Andrew Joseph II, has spoken out about the incident over the past year and…

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Bob Buckhorn announces police civilian review board, but activists say it falls short

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Police Chief Eric Ward announced the creation of an independent civilian police review board Friday, but the activists whose public pressure led to the formation of the new agency are not pleased with how it will be implemented. The board will consist of 11 members — nine voting members and two alternates — and Buckhorn will choose nine of those 11 members. The City Council will have two selections, though when Buckhorn was questioned about that…

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