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The recent marches against systemic racism and police brutality in the Tampa Bay area aren’t as large as they previously had been, but activists say the pressure to make changes hasn’t diminished.

WUSF's Daylina Miller spoke with Donna Davis, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter: Tampa, about the future of the movement.

Hillsborough County NAACP President Yvette Lewis speaks at a press conference, joined by county law enforcement leaders and the Florida ACLU.
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The Hillsborough County NAACP and the county’s law enforcement agencies say they’re ready to work together on police reform.

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Saying all police departments need to evolve to serve their communities better, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor on Friday announced the creation of a task force to recommend changes in city police policy and practice.

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Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan defended his agency’s actions during this week’s protests against the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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Tampa authorities are asking people to stay home after a number of protests over the last few days turned violent.

Sixty-eight people were arrested Tuesday night after Tampa Police officials said some in a large crowd of otherwise peaceful protestors, began throwing objects at officers and refused to leave downtown after being ordered to.

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As Hillsborough County is under a “safer at home” order, those without a home are at risk.

To limit the spread of coronavirus, the city of Tampa has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg to create a temporary outdoor shelter for the homeless.

The shelter, called "Hillsborough Hope," is located on vacant land owned by Catholic Charities.

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First responders in the Tampa Bay area who have contact with the public are starting to test positive for COVID-19.

Tampa Police Department Chief Brian Dugan announced Wednesday that a 26-year-old officer who just started on the job has tested positive for coronavirus.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced Tuesday the arrests of six individuals following a three-month, multi-agency racketeering investigation.

“Operation Trifecta” began after the suspects, dressed as construction or utility workers, broke into 24 residences and took more than $1 million worth of property and money.

A toddler died in Tampa on Monday night after police say she was left in a family vehicle.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister spoke about first responders' mental health in Tampa on Tuesday
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The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is teaming with the advertising agency ChappellRoberts on a new initiative called “First to Respond, Last to Ask for Help.” The program, which promotes suicide awareness for Tampa Bay’s first responders, was announced during a Tuesday conference.

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The Tampa Police Department can help protect your home if you're planning to leave town this holiday season.

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The Tampa Police Department will host its third Active Shooter Awareness seminar Thursday night.

The sessions are modeled after the Department of Homeland Security’s “Run. Hide. Fight.” initiative.

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Starting Friday, May 25, the city of Tampa is reducing the speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard from 40 mph to 35 mph.

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Two teenagers are facing vehicular homicide charges after police say one struck and killed an Ohio woman and seriously injured her 21-month-old daughter while racing on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.

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A Tampa police officer has been shot and wounded while serving an arrest warrant at the home of a man facing charges for making violent threats to his family.

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Amid tension between residents and the Tampa Police Department, including furor over the disproportionate ticketing of African-American bicyclists in 2015, the Citizens Review Board was created to build trust and foster transparency.

Nearly three years after the 11-member board met for the first time, they're still trying to be keep that channel open.

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Police investigating a single-car accident found marijuana and hollow point bullets in an abandoned vehicle registered to Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver DeSean Jackson.

Mounted Police Patrol Seminole Heights Neighborhood

Nov 26, 2017
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The Tampa Police Department used horse patrols this weekend in a neighborhood that has been plagued by four homicides since October.

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Sharon Scott and Sheila Williams of Tampa had been searching for their sister, Brenda Williams, ever since she disappeared in 1978.

Last year, the two had their DNA tested to see if it matched a cold case victim they saw at a University of South Florida symposium. It didn't.

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Police believe the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old autistic man who took the wrong bus home from work on Thursday night is linked to two other suspicious deaths in a Tampa neighborhood.

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Starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, all Tampa residents are under a mandatory curfew, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced during a late morning news conference carried live on Facebook.

He said the curfew will be indefinite or until a neighborhood is deemed safe from downed power lines, overturned trees and storm debris.

Ruling Overturned In Tampa Police Shooting

Apr 17, 2017
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A federal appeals court Friday overturned a ruling that had cleared the city of Tampa and a police officer in the shooting of a man who was suspected of being suicidal.

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The body of a 17-year-old Tampa girl who was missing since March 28 was found in Flatwoods Wilderness Park Friday morning.

Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward said a cause of death for Hailey Acierno needs to be determined, but it's believed that she committed suicide.

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The first responders who make up the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue typically spend days and nights fighting crime, helping those in danger and keeping the city safe.

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Forensic artists at a recent workshop hosted by the University of South Florida wrapped up their week of work by presenting their creations - fourteen clay busts of unidentified victims in cold cases - to local law enforcement.

But in the middle of their presentation, a woman looking at one of the works at the rear of a downtown Tampa conference room broke down sobbing, sure that the face staring back at her was that of her sister, some thirty-eight years after she went missing.

Police Investigating Shooting Death Of Tampa Toddler

Sep 19, 2016
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Police are continuing their investigation in the shooting death of a 17-month-old girl at a Tampa apartment complex Sunday afternoon, officials said.


Tampa Police say a 23-year-old man who was shot by his cousin wasn't wearing a bulletproof vest, but instead had donned a "fragmentation protective vest," also known as a flak jacket.

Police said in a news release that Joaquin Mendez put on the vest late Saturday and "wondered aloud whether it still worked." Police say his 24-year-old cousin Alexandro Garibaldi pulled out a gun and responded, "Let's see."

Busch Gardens

Veterinarians at Busch Gardens had to euthanize "Pinky" the flamingo after a man grabbed her from an animal viewing area and threw her to the ground.

Tampa police say 45-year-old Joseph Anthony Corrao of Orlando was visiting the park's Jambo Junction area with his family on Tuesday when he reached into a pen, picked up the flamingo and threw her down.

Tampa Police RNC Bikes Still On The Street

Jul 21, 2016
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When you are going to host something as big as The Republican National Convention, who do you call for advice?

This year's host city, Cleveland, turned to Tampa for advice on just what police needed to keep order with the estimated 50,000 people visiting. The number one answer from Tampa police was bikes.

Tampa Police got $50 million in grants to improve their security for the RNC in 2012. With that money they purchased equipment such as security cameras, patrol bikes, new uniforms and protective gear.

Tampa Authorities Suspect Drugs in Festival Deaths

Jun 2, 2016

Tampa authorities suspect the deaths of a man and woman at the Sunset Music Festival over the weekend could have been caused by a mix of drugs including MDMA.

Alex Haynes, 22, of Melbourne and Katie Bermudez, 21, of Kissimmee died after attending the two-day music event.