Crime

Police in Tampa are investigating an incident at a nightclub where a photographer said he was "sucker punched" by singer Chris Brown.


A North Miami police officer will face criminal charges for shooting the unarmed caretaker of an autistic man last summer — one of a string of questionable police shootings of black men nationwide that sparked protests.

Officer Jonathan Aledda was arrested and charged Wednesday with a felony count of attempted manslaughter, and a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence.

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 The Tampa Bay Times has spent the last four years compiling what it calls "Florida's most comprehensive database of police shootings." Data from nearly 400 law enforcement agencies across Florida reveal startling racial disparities: forty-one percent of people shot by police were black, despite making up 15 percent of the state's population.

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A 70-page audit of the Fort Myers Police Department details a department in crisis.

The audit, prepared by the independent Freeh Group International Solutions, describes a department crippled by a loss of personnel in the last decade, and an understaffed police force that failed to develop "creative solutions to address emerging threats" like growing gang violence. In addition, the audit found allegations of favoritism and retaliation from within the department, leading to declining morale and a lack of qualified leadership.

Spiritual Solidarity After Tampa Mosque Fire

Feb 27, 2017

It was early Friday morning when someone set fire to a mosque in New Tampa. An investigation is underway. People from the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group, want the incident to be investigated as a hate crime. 

But, the faith community is looking beyond what has happened. 

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