Criminal justice reform a hot topic in Tampa Bay, no matter the side

Law enforcement agencies, residents, prosecutors, and advocates across the Tampa Bay area came together Tuesday night to discuss criminal justice reform including civil citation programs, Florida's anti-riot law, and communication between law enforcement and residents.

City council to choose additional member of TPD Citizens Review Board

Activists tried one last time to convince Tampa City Council that it should appoint a majority of members to the Tampa Police Civilian Review Board. Instead, the council voted for a 5-5 split with the mayor, and for both to sign off on an eleventh member appointed by the NAACP.

Tampa Citizens Review Board holds meeting amid political fight

Under rules instituted in 2015 after an outcry over tickets given to Black bicyclists, the mayor currently appoints six members, but is willing to go 5-5 with the council. However, councilors are nearing a final vote to appoint seven members and relegate the mayor to three.

Tampa police remember 32 officers killed in the line of duty

National Police Week 2021 arrived in the wake of unprecedented pressure on law enforcement officers. Amid movements to defund police and budget cuts at large, metropolitan departments, Florida is on track for one of the deadliest years for police officers.