Best Of 2020

Best Hypocrisy: Tampa Police Department

Tampa Police Department

In recent weeks, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan seems to be practicing a more balanced tone when it comes to talking about protesters calling for reform. That still doesn’t change the different treatment demonstrators got when held against the actions of pro-police “back the blue” protesters who illegally painted murals on city streets without harassment from cops (counterprotesters who attempted to paint an unpermitted rainbow a few days later were arrested; some were abused and sexually assaulted during processing by Hillsborough Sheriffs at Orient Road jail). With an increased police budget already approved and the fate of the city’s toothless Community Review Board still up in the air as of press time, TPD is going to have to work a lot harder to make citizens believe that the force doesn’t treat you differently if you “back the blue.”—Ray Roa

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