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Tampa Dreamers denounce Donald Trump decision on DACA

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The fight is only beginning, say Tampa Bay-area residents who face deportation because of Tuesday’s decision by the Donald Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). “This is an attack on our community, so I want everybody to come together and fight, because this is not the end,” said Valentina Ortiz, 26, at a news conference by immigration advocates in Ybor City’s Centennial Park. “I have a lot of emotions — sad, mad, but it’s not…

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Hillsborough County Young Democrats discuss and criticize Tampa’s Citizen Review Board

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With Mayor Bob Buckhorn naming his selections to the Tampa citizen police review board (CRB) earlier this week, the City Council needs to select its four members before the new agency meets for the first time in December. Don’t think, however, that the activists who pushed for its creation in the first place are at all satisfied with the model that city leaders have produced. Tuesday night at CoWork Ybor on Seventh Avenue, two members from Tampa for Justice, the group formed…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.9.15 — 1st chapter in Tampa citizens review board saga ends

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The activists went home unhappy last night, but their goals were never the same as the majority on the Tampa City Council when it came to the creation of a citizens review board to review the Tampa Police Department. The Council voted 5-2 Thursday evening for a compromise proposal on who gets to select the members of the nine-member board and two alternates; Mayor Bob Buckhorn will get five choices, the Council four, and the mayor still gets to pick the two alternates that were…

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Bob Buckhorn to offer Tampa City Council additional member in civilian review board situation

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When the Tampa City Council convenes on Thursday afternoon to discuss who will select the nine members and two alternates to the proposed police civilian review board, they will have a new proposal presented to them by Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Buckhorn briefed the media on Wednesday that he will propose a change to his original executive order and call for the board to consist of five members be chosen by him, and four by the council, with the mayor controlling…

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Tampa Attorney Julia Mandell explains why proposed police review board doesn’t have subpoena power

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Critics of Bob Buckhorn’s executive order creating a police Civilian Review Board (CRB) in the City of Tampa have two major bones to pick with the mayor. The first is that they say he’s hogging control of the board and making it into his own fiefdom by giving himself the authority to name nine of the 11 members of the board, with the City Council given just two selections. And they say the proposed agency lacks teeth because it doesn’t have subpoena power to call witnesses.…

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