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Contact-Republican-Senators-Who-Supported-Impeachment

CAMPAIGN  #BenedictArnold  This is what I am putting on their social media accounts!Let these Benedict Arnolds know our thoughts, feelings and opinions.

Please call and post on Social Media... these Senators supported impeaching President Trump

Click Here for contact information and social media accounts. Please call and leave a message and post on social media.  Most often have to live in state for them to read the email. (Pick a city in the state when you call then don't offer any other personal information.)  Whether you live in their state or not their vote impacts everyone!!! 

  • Facebook comments are being reviewed by their office not all posting allowed but try to post an angry face at a minimum. 
  • Twitter often allows all comments at least if the account hasn't been deleted! 

CAMPAIGN  #BenedictArnold  This is what I am putting on their social media accounts!Let these Benedict Arnolds know our thoughts, feelings and opinions.

Please call and post on Social Media... these Senators supported impeaching President Trump

Click Here for contact information and social media accounts. Please call and leave a message and post on social media.  Most often have to live in state for them to read the email. (Pick a city in the state when you call then don't offer any other personal information.)  Whether you live in their state or not their vote impacts everyone!!! 

  • Facebook comments are being reviewed by their office not all posting allowed but try to post an angry face at a minimum. 
  • Twitter often allows all comments at least if the account hasn't been deleted! 
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Hillsborough County Commissioner Citizen Advisory Committee Application

Hillsborough County Commissioners are seeking residents to serve on several County citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in seeking appointment must reside in and be registered voters in Hillsborough County. These are voluntary positions and members serve without compensation. Applicants may apply to more than one board but may only serve on one board at a time unless specifically approved by the BOCC. All applicants must submit a completed Questionnaire for County Appointments and a Standards of Conduct form. Additional requirements are in the information that follows.

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Human Life Protection Amendment

All human beings have value. That fact doesn’t just change based on their age, health, or level of ability. The Human Life Protection Amendment embeds this truth in our state constitution.  PLEASE PRINT AND SIGN PETITION.... PRINT SEVERAL AND GET FRIENDS TO SIGN TOO.  Link to print the petition

Link to Committe Organization

All human beings have value. That fact doesn’t just change based on their age, health, or level of ability. The Human Life Protection Amendment embeds this truth in our state constitution.  PLEASE PRINT AND SIGN PETITION.... PRINT SEVERAL AND GET FRIENDS TO SIGN TOO.  Link to print the petition

Link to Committe Organization

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Oppose- City of Tampa to Suspend 3 Bar Licenses

2/25/21  Discussion and voting on Citizen's Review Board for the Police- see below for ways to take action

2/22/21 Thank you.  Peaceful Protesters- news clip,     Meeting Speakers- Tampa City Council YouTube

2/22/21- Mask ordnance to close more bars!!!  Let the City Council hear from you!!! (see contacts below)

2/19/21 - Two Tampa bars lose liquor license for 3 days after violating COVID-19 protocols

There are three bars the city is to consider the revocation or suspension of the sale of alcoholic beverages license!  Because of masks/ social distancing 'violations'. This week at public hearing.  Even after most bars/restaurants are trying to comply.  Send email ASAP  
 EMAIL ALL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS  

EMAIL  Jane Castor 

These are the agenda items:

News Article   

Meanwhile, things are different at MacDinton’s. One noticeable change is signs reminding people to keep their masks on and stay six feet apart.  As the bar gets ready for Saturday’s playoff game, Assistant Manager Jordan Miket said MacDinton’s is going back to Phase 1 requirements, which includes outside seating only.

This all comes after video shot by 8 On Your Side shows packed bars on New Year’s Eve across Tampa Bay, including South Howard Avenue. 

“We want to make it known to the public that we care and we’re doing everything to make sure people don’t get sick,” Miket said. “Even when people are driving by we want them to know.”


My Message:  DO NOT IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON BARS AND RESTAURANTS THAT STRUGGLING YET OPEN AND TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THE LOCKDOWN. IF YOU WANT TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS HOW ABOUT THE BUCS FOR PARTYING AFTER THEIR WIN WITHOUT MASKS AND WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF FANS.

MAYBE TIME AND MONEY IS BETTER SPENT CRACKING DOWN ON BARS OVER SERVING CLIENTS OR DRUNK DRIVERS.

 

2/25/21  Discussion and voting on Citizen's Review Board for the Police- see below for ways to take action

2/22/21 Thank you.  Peaceful Protesters- news clip,     Meeting Speakers- Tampa City Council YouTube

2/22/21- Mask ordnance to close more bars!!!  Let the City Council hear from you!!! (see contacts below)

2/19/21 - Two Tampa bars lose liquor license for 3 days after violating COVID-19 protocols

There are three bars the city is to consider the revocation or suspension of the sale of alcoholic beverages license!  Because of masks/ social distancing 'violations'. This week at public hearing.  Even after most bars/restaurants are trying to comply.  Send email ASAP  
 EMAIL ALL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS  

EMAIL  Jane Castor 

These are the agenda items:

News Article   

Meanwhile, things are different at MacDinton’s. One noticeable change is signs reminding people to keep their masks on and stay six feet apart.  As the bar gets ready for Saturday’s playoff game, Assistant Manager Jordan Miket said MacDinton’s is going back to Phase 1 requirements, which includes outside seating only.

This all comes after video shot by 8 On Your Side shows packed bars on New Year’s Eve across Tampa Bay, including South Howard Avenue. 

“We want to make it known to the public that we care and we’re doing everything to make sure people don’t get sick,” Miket said. “Even when people are driving by we want them to know.”


My Message:  DO NOT IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON BARS AND RESTAURANTS THAT STRUGGLING YET OPEN AND TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THE LOCKDOWN. IF YOU WANT TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS HOW ABOUT THE BUCS FOR PARTYING AFTER THEIR WIN WITHOUT MASKS AND WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF FANS.

MAYBE TIME AND MONEY IS BETTER SPENT CRACKING DOWN ON BARS OVER SERVING CLIENTS OR DRUNK DRIVERS.

 

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2021 County Commission BLM Program- TAKE ACTION

THIS INFORMATION IS IN THE COUNTY COMMISSION BUILDING!!!!  This is in phase one 'Taking Survey'

  1. REVIEW WEBSITE  Want to help plan for equity?  &  Home page
  2. REVIEW FLYERS- click on flyers for larger view
  3. TAKE SURVEY....  
  4. Email County Commissioners- click on link and send them a note! 


#TogetherMakingADifference


TALKING POINTS... Candice Owens book BLACKOUT, Glen Beck's podcast, articles

Link to additional information

Link to my letter- which is long and detailed please don't feel like you have to write as much or be as detailed I typically don't write this type of lengthy letter but felt like I needed to this time. 

Other talking points could include equity vs equality.... I just went another route discussing families. Please take this issue on too!

Fatherless homes result in:

  • 70% of black babies are brought into the world without a father.
  • 71% of high school dropouts
  • 63% of youth suicides
  • 71% of teen pregnancies
  • 90% of homeless and runaway youths
  • Fatherless children are twice as likely to: go to jail, abuse alcohol & have mental health issues and FOUR TIMES as likely to abuse drugs.

Black families:

  • 1950 (29.6% unmarried black males: 24.4% unmarried white males)
  • 2017 (51.9% unmarried black males: 33.1% unmarried white males) 362% increase black males
  • Illegal immigration disproportionately impacts unskilled black labors
  • #1 Preventable and unpreventable deaths for a black man are homicide almost always black vs. black
  • 80% of poverty are single-parent homes
  • Black married couples poverty lower than whites.
  • Unwed mothers are rewarded by our government to be dependent on the government not a father nor the church
  • Financially more beneficially for a single mom to stay on welfare than marry.. 

Facts you should know about BLM?

  • Ignores fatherhood.(see above)
  • Discredits role of family- yet the facts are that single-mother households likely to produce children have lower school achievements, suffer socially and emotionally, have poor health, and are at risk of child abuse… see statistics above.
  • Homosexuality & transgenderism, promotes being a victim vs victory in life,
  • Pro-abortion… apparently not all black lives matter- 40% of abortions are black babies yet 13% of the population is black
  • Does not promote forgiveness and reconciliation – anything but a Christian-based group.
  • Does not promote choice education

Financial cost of BLM:The protests that took place in 140 U.S. cities this spring were mostly peaceful, but the arson, vandalism and looting that did occur will result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims — eclipsing the record set in Los Angeles in 1992 after the acquittal of the police officers who brutalized Rodney King.

Leader of BLM- see additional information
Martin Luther King, Jr- quotes 

  • “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
  • “The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”
  • “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

THIS INFORMATION IS IN THE COUNTY COMMISSION BUILDING!!!!  This is in phase one 'Taking Survey'

  1. REVIEW WEBSITE  Want to help plan for equity?  &  Home page
  2. REVIEW FLYERS- click on flyers for larger view
  3. TAKE SURVEY....  
  4. Email County Commissioners- click on link and send them a note! 


#TogetherMakingADifference


TALKING POINTS... Candice Owens book BLACKOUT, Glen Beck's podcast, articles

Link to additional information

Link to my letter- which is long and detailed please don't feel like you have to write as much or be as detailed I typically don't write this type of lengthy letter but felt like I needed to this time. 

Other talking points could include equity vs equality.... I just went another route discussing families. Please take this issue on too!

Fatherless homes result in:

  • 70% of black babies are brought into the world without a father.
  • 71% of high school dropouts
  • 63% of youth suicides
  • 71% of teen pregnancies
  • 90% of homeless and runaway youths
  • Fatherless children are twice as likely to: go to jail, abuse alcohol & have mental health issues and FOUR TIMES as likely to abuse drugs.

Black families:

  • 1950 (29.6% unmarried black males: 24.4% unmarried white males)
  • 2017 (51.9% unmarried black males: 33.1% unmarried white males) 362% increase black males
  • Illegal immigration disproportionately impacts unskilled black labors
  • #1 Preventable and unpreventable deaths for a black man are homicide almost always black vs. black
  • 80% of poverty are single-parent homes
  • Black married couples poverty lower than whites.
  • Unwed mothers are rewarded by our government to be dependent on the government not a father nor the church
  • Financially more beneficially for a single mom to stay on welfare than marry.. 

Facts you should know about BLM?

  • Ignores fatherhood.(see above)
  • Discredits role of family- yet the facts are that single-mother households likely to produce children have lower school achievements, suffer socially and emotionally, have poor health, and are at risk of child abuse… see statistics above.
  • Homosexuality & transgenderism, promotes being a victim vs victory in life,
  • Pro-abortion… apparently not all black lives matter- 40% of abortions are black babies yet 13% of the population is black
  • Does not promote forgiveness and reconciliation – anything but a Christian-based group.
  • Does not promote choice education

Financial cost of BLM:The protests that took place in 140 U.S. cities this spring were mostly peaceful, but the arson, vandalism and looting that did occur will result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims — eclipsing the record set in Los Angeles in 1992 after the acquittal of the police officers who brutalized Rodney King.

Leader of BLM- see additional information
Martin Luther King, Jr- quotes 

  • “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
  • “The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”
  • “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
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Campaign to support Superintendent Adison Davis

 Addison.Davis@hcps.net   and please pray for him
Superintendent Addison Davis has had a rough first year. With only two conservatives on the board Mr. Davis needs to hear from us. Show your support and appreciation.  I am sure there are many people who are upset with his new policies.  Just a note of support would be meaningful.

  • As a conservative is struggling to manage the school spending which was in dire need of  budget oversight. 
  • To have the wisdom to trust the people around him who are trying to help him succeed and recognize those who want him to fail. 
  • To have patience when leading others and when implementing strategies to help our students succeed academically. 

 Addison.Davis@hcps.net   and please pray for him
Superintendent Addison Davis has had a rough first year. With only two conservatives on the board Mr. Davis needs to hear from us. Show your support and appreciation.  I am sure there are many people who are upset with his new policies.  Just a note of support would be meaningful.

  • As a conservative is struggling to manage the school spending which was in dire need of  budget oversight. 
  • To have the wisdom to trust the people around him who are trying to help him succeed and recognize those who want him to fail. 
  • To have patience when leading others and when implementing strategies to help our students succeed academically. 
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City Council Citizen Review Board to the Police

Should be on Agenda for 2/25/21... please send a comment before then and if possible speak in person this week or on the 25th.  Background information has a lot of talking points. Revising Citizen Review Board   (2015 established to scrutinize the police activity- due to the number of supposed minority arrests for bike stealing)

Several ways to have your voice heard at Tampa City Council:

  1. Call City Hall: (813) 274-8877
  2. Send written comments by internet or web at https://www.tampa.gov/PublicComment 
  3. Send written comments by email to TampaCityCouncil@tampagov.net or use this link for official public record emails 
  4. Speak remotely during public comment with the use of CMT: Complete the form at https://www.tampa.gov/city-council-meeting-public-comment-form state on the form under “Request Type” 
    1. Provide a written comment to be submitted into the official record
    2. Request to make a comment during the live meeting using GoToWebinar you wish to speak live during the public comment period. You will then be contacted with additional instructions on how to participate live through the use of CMT. 
  5. Participate by using CMT available at Old City Hall: Those individuals, who do not have access to a communications media device, have the option of participating via communications media technology, which will be made available to the public by the City of Tampa, during the hybrid live/virtual meeting, at: Old City Hall 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 (2nd Floor)

11/19/20  Link to speakers at the City Council Meeting


Background information: Citizen Review Board was established to review police disciplinary actions against officers.  There are already 3 groups that are involved in reviewing police actions yet the City Council established this board in 2015 and now plans to extend the boards power. 

Article Mayor Castor and opposition opinions too:  https://www.tampabay.com/news/tampa/2020/11/17/mayor-castors-tweaks-to-t...

It has been brought to my attention that tomorrow’s city council meeting is proposing revamping the police Citizens Review Board established in 2015 to include allowing the changes:  

  1. City council to appoint all the community members (very liberal council),
    1. Community members with no law enforcement experience and whose only expertise may be from watching TV shows like Bad Boys, the Following or NYPD BLUE.
    2. Already if an officer has a complaint filed whether legitimate or not 3 agencies must review. (If found to be falsified the plaintiff receives no reprimanding.)
    3.  Currently- Mayor appoints 5, city council appoints 5 and NAACP appoints 1
  2. subpoena power,
    1. citizens having subpoena power
    2. Currently violates existing law and would undermine the legal system
    3. Miami has succumb to this form of oversight committee … we do not want to be the next Miami the homicide rate is up 29% and aggrieved burglary up 20%
  3. and independent investigator and attorneys
    1. Where is the money going to come from for these additional and unnecessary people? Which budget is going to suffer?  Are we going to be taxed?
    2. Currently board cannot investigate open cases… this is only common sense.

Tampa City Councilman, John Dingfelder has been working with the ACLU on a proposed massive change to our current “Citizens Review Board”, which is up for a final workshop at next Thursday’s (2/25) City Council meeting. It is expected the ACLU will push hard to get what they want at this meeting. 

 

What exactly do they want the “Citizens Review Board” to do?  Summary per J Wiggins: 

In a nutshell, the ACLU is advocating for their own “Citizens Review Board” for the purpose of ‘policing’ our policemen & policewomen, independently of the police department (this board is already in place and works in conjunction with the Tampa police department). This is what they are proposing they will do on this board:

  1. Have subpoena powers. A subpoena is a written order to compel an individual to give testimony on a particular subject, often before a court, but sometimes in other proceeding. Failure to comply with such an order to appear may be punishable as contempt.
  2. Possess their own Independent Investigative powers over our policemen & policewomen.
  3. Hire & maintain their own locally tax-payer funded legal & administrative staff to fight their handpicked battles against against policemen & policewomen. 

The ACLU was successful in doing this in the City of Miami and it cost the taxpayers $1.2 million dollars last year. 

Besides the many obvious reasons this is so wrong, it is also simply not needed. There is already a well run “discipline” board in place, handled by the Chief of police & the CJSTC (Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission). The CJSTC is a board that truly will investigate complaints & pull “bad cops” certification, so they cannot be a member of the police in Florida ever again. They do this in conjunction with the Chief of Police and do NOT need any additional oversight. The State Attorney and any FDLE also get sent any criminal case information on a police officer. There are multiple checks & balances in place as it is. 

This means what the ACLU is advocating for is simply not necessary in any capacity for the intent of reprimanding police officers. They are essentially inserting themselves where they do not belong. Yet, they are supported in their overarching efforts by Councilman John Dingfelder. Councilman Dingfelder also has decided that if this cannot pass through council, he would like to change the charter to allow it, meaning he wants the citizens of Tampa to vote on it, which he believes will be successful given the anti-police climate of 2020. 

As stated previously: there is already a Citizen’s Review Board in place, This current CRB was formed to enhance trust between the Tampa Police Department and the community it serves by creating an unbiased panel of citizens to review completed disciplinary cases and issues of importance or interest to the community and the Police Department. 


CJSTC: https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/CJSTC/Commission/CJSTC-Home.aspx

John Dingfelder Bio: https://www.tampa.gov/city-council/about-us/john-dingfelder

Current Citizen’s Review Board: https://www.tampa.gov/police/citizens-review-board

Pro-Citizens Review Board Group (Our Opposition): https://www.facebook.com/tampaforjustice/?ref=page_internal

Sept 2020 Article: https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/hillsboroughcounty/citizen-review-board-tampa-call-for-changes/67-c636d37d-e2be-4cf3-ba69-c50cff8e9a46

Miami-Dade  https://www.miamidade.gov/police/library/part-1-crimes-ytd-comparison.pdf

Summer of 2020 to Tampa City Council.https://apps.tampagov.net/cttv_cc_webapp/Agenda.aspx?pkey=2251

https://www.tampabay.com/news/crime/2020/05/27/tampa-sees-alarming-surge-in-violent-crime-leaders-discuss-guns-gangs-solutions/


My talking points:

Hello, it is good to see everyone again.  I’m usually here speaking about drug abuse prevention but today I am here to speak on a different type of prevention that is preventing the demoralization of our police force in Tampa.

With respect to the proposed revision of the Citizens Review Board

#1- Allowing the city council to be the sole determining factor of who sits on the board will lead to extreme biased outcomes and will unfairly misrepresent our community.  If allowed this will put the integrity of the board in jeopardy by potentially relying on people who get most of their information about police procedures from watching Bad Boys, Law and Order, or Miami Vice.  This is equivalent to permitting a student to be principal of a school.  They don’t have the education, knowledge or experience to do the job. In addition, excluding experienced officers who have a deep understanding of this issues brought before the board is truly irrational.

#2 Giving citizens to have subpoena rights undermines the legal system and is not essential to justice especially given the fact that complaints against officers are already brought before several boards. Sadly, there is no repercussion for false allegations which should be addressed in the future.

#3 Allowing an independent and unnecessary investigator and attorneys requires significant additional funding.  Where is the money going to come from? Which budget is going to suffer?  Are we going to be taxed?

If this board is a sham as some advocate groups have stated,  then maybe we should do away with it but certainly not give it greater powers.

Our city cannot afford to have our dedicated men and women on the police force ‘retire’ early or quit because of lack of support from some elected officials.  This is comprising the police force.

‘Advocate’ groups that assert they care about the safety in our community. Clearly, they don’t care about me or my family’s safety otherwise they would not be advocating for these changes. These groups are destabilizing our police force by undermining the training, experience, and diligence of these committed officers.

In this time of uncertainty we have been told we are safe only if we stay at home and wear a mask; however, there is one thing I am very certain of, that I can trust the police, my life, my family’s lives and every family in Tampa depends on this trust every day.  Tampa will continue to be a safe, vibrant city only if the police are allowed to do their job.  Infusing a sense of apprehension and doubt in our police force goes against everything they have been trained to do which is to protect every person in Tampa. 

I support Mayor Castor’s recommended  and you should too.


SAMPLE LETTER:
Dear Tampa City Council Member,

In reference to reforming the Citizen Review Board on the agenda 11/18.  I do not want Tampa to be the next Miami.  The homicide rate is up 29% and aggravated burglary has increased 20% this year.  In my opinion, the proposed plan which is similar to Miami's is undermining the hard work of the police department.

Police need to feel confident in their instructional training, experience, and capabilities to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Our police are one of the most valuable yet underappreciated resources in our community.  We must support them not undermine their efforts to keep our community safe.

I strongly support Mayor Castor’s recommendation. Her career and understanding of the issues make her expertise indisputable. 

Sincerely,


FUTURE Talking Points   DEFUNDING 

Cities that have decreased funding have seen:

  • An increase in crime specifically homicides and aggravated assaults.
  • Commercial burglary i.e. looting and property damage has spike over 200% since May
  • Minneapolis has realized their mistake and is increasing funding
  • Officers are retiring early or quitting the force in many of these cities without enough fellow police to 'have their backs.'

Choose a point or make one even better: 

  • Don't make the same mistake these cities have made. 
  • Our police deserve a raise not a cut in funding.
  • Keep Tampa Safe- Fund our Police. 
  • Everyday they walk out the door they face the unexpected and unknown and all to keep our city safe. 
  • A vote to decrease any police funding is a vote to make Tampa unsafe not just for locals but for tourist too.
  • With the Super Bowl in a few months we want Tampa to be a welcoming atmosphere.  People shouldn't fear walking downtown or in neighborhoods which is what decreasing funds would do. 

Should be on Agenda for 2/25/21... please send a comment before then and if possible speak in person this week or on the 25th.  Background information has a lot of talking points. Revising Citizen Review Board   (2015 established to scrutinize the police activity- due to the number of supposed minority arrests for bike stealing)

Several ways to have your voice heard at Tampa City Council:

  1. Call City Hall: (813) 274-8877
  2. Send written comments by internet or web at https://www.tampa.gov/PublicComment 
  3. Send written comments by email to TampaCityCouncil@tampagov.net or use this link for official public record emails 
  4. Speak remotely during public comment with the use of CMT: Complete the form at https://www.tampa.gov/city-council-meeting-public-comment-form state on the form under “Request Type” 
    1. Provide a written comment to be submitted into the official record
    2. Request to make a comment during the live meeting using GoToWebinar you wish to speak live during the public comment period. You will then be contacted with additional instructions on how to participate live through the use of CMT. 
  5. Participate by using CMT available at Old City Hall: Those individuals, who do not have access to a communications media device, have the option of participating via communications media technology, which will be made available to the public by the City of Tampa, during the hybrid live/virtual meeting, at: Old City Hall 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 (2nd Floor)

11/19/20  Link to speakers at the City Council Meeting


Background information: Citizen Review Board was established to review police disciplinary actions against officers.  There are already 3 groups that are involved in reviewing police actions yet the City Council established this board in 2015 and now plans to extend the boards power. 

Article Mayor Castor and opposition opinions too:  https://www.tampabay.com/news/tampa/2020/11/17/mayor-castors-tweaks-to-t...

It has been brought to my attention that tomorrow’s city council meeting is proposing revamping the police Citizens Review Board established in 2015 to include allowing the changes:  

  1. City council to appoint all the community members (very liberal council),
    1. Community members with no law enforcement experience and whose only expertise may be from watching TV shows like Bad Boys, the Following or NYPD BLUE.
    2. Already if an officer has a complaint filed whether legitimate or not 3 agencies must review. (If found to be falsified the plaintiff receives no reprimanding.)
    3.  Currently- Mayor appoints 5, city council appoints 5 and NAACP appoints 1
  2. subpoena power,
    1. citizens having subpoena power
    2. Currently violates existing law and would undermine the legal system
    3. Miami has succumb to this form of oversight committee … we do not want to be the next Miami the homicide rate is up 29% and aggrieved burglary up 20%
  3. and independent investigator and attorneys
    1. Where is the money going to come from for these additional and unnecessary people? Which budget is going to suffer?  Are we going to be taxed?
    2. Currently board cannot investigate open cases… this is only common sense.

Tampa City Councilman, John Dingfelder has been working with the ACLU on a proposed massive change to our current “Citizens Review Board”, which is up for a final workshop at next Thursday’s (2/25) City Council meeting. It is expected the ACLU will push hard to get what they want at this meeting. 

 

What exactly do they want the “Citizens Review Board” to do?  Summary per J Wiggins: 

In a nutshell, the ACLU is advocating for their own “Citizens Review Board” for the purpose of ‘policing’ our policemen & policewomen, independently of the police department (this board is already in place and works in conjunction with the Tampa police department). This is what they are proposing they will do on this board:

  1. Have subpoena powers. A subpoena is a written order to compel an individual to give testimony on a particular subject, often before a court, but sometimes in other proceeding. Failure to comply with such an order to appear may be punishable as contempt.
  2. Possess their own Independent Investigative powers over our policemen & policewomen.
  3. Hire & maintain their own locally tax-payer funded legal & administrative staff to fight their handpicked battles against against policemen & policewomen. 

The ACLU was successful in doing this in the City of Miami and it cost the taxpayers $1.2 million dollars last year. 

Besides the many obvious reasons this is so wrong, it is also simply not needed. There is already a well run “discipline” board in place, handled by the Chief of police & the CJSTC (Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission). The CJSTC is a board that truly will investigate complaints & pull “bad cops” certification, so they cannot be a member of the police in Florida ever again. They do this in conjunction with the Chief of Police and do NOT need any additional oversight. The State Attorney and any FDLE also get sent any criminal case information on a police officer. There are multiple checks & balances in place as it is. 

This means what the ACLU is advocating for is simply not necessary in any capacity for the intent of reprimanding police officers. They are essentially inserting themselves where they do not belong. Yet, they are supported in their overarching efforts by Councilman John Dingfelder. Councilman Dingfelder also has decided that if this cannot pass through council, he would like to change the charter to allow it, meaning he wants the citizens of Tampa to vote on it, which he believes will be successful given the anti-police climate of 2020. 

As stated previously: there is already a Citizen’s Review Board in place, This current CRB was formed to enhance trust between the Tampa Police Department and the community it serves by creating an unbiased panel of citizens to review completed disciplinary cases and issues of importance or interest to the community and the Police Department. 


CJSTC: https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/CJSTC/Commission/CJSTC-Home.aspx

John Dingfelder Bio: https://www.tampa.gov/city-council/about-us/john-dingfelder

Current Citizen’s Review Board: https://www.tampa.gov/police/citizens-review-board

Pro-Citizens Review Board Group (Our Opposition): https://www.facebook.com/tampaforjustice/?ref=page_internal

Sept 2020 Article: https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/hillsboroughcounty/citizen-review-board-tampa-call-for-changes/67-c636d37d-e2be-4cf3-ba69-c50cff8e9a46

Miami-Dade  https://www.miamidade.gov/police/library/part-1-crimes-ytd-comparison.pdf

Summer of 2020 to Tampa City Council.https://apps.tampagov.net/cttv_cc_webapp/Agenda.aspx?pkey=2251

https://www.tampabay.com/news/crime/2020/05/27/tampa-sees-alarming-surge-in-violent-crime-leaders-discuss-guns-gangs-solutions/


My talking points:

Hello, it is good to see everyone again.  I’m usually here speaking about drug abuse prevention but today I am here to speak on a different type of prevention that is preventing the demoralization of our police force in Tampa.

With respect to the proposed revision of the Citizens Review Board

#1- Allowing the city council to be the sole determining factor of who sits on the board will lead to extreme biased outcomes and will unfairly misrepresent our community.  If allowed this will put the integrity of the board in jeopardy by potentially relying on people who get most of their information about police procedures from watching Bad Boys, Law and Order, or Miami Vice.  This is equivalent to permitting a student to be principal of a school.  They don’t have the education, knowledge or experience to do the job. In addition, excluding experienced officers who have a deep understanding of this issues brought before the board is truly irrational.

#2 Giving citizens to have subpoena rights undermines the legal system and is not essential to justice especially given the fact that complaints against officers are already brought before several boards. Sadly, there is no repercussion for false allegations which should be addressed in the future.

#3 Allowing an independent and unnecessary investigator and attorneys requires significant additional funding.  Where is the money going to come from? Which budget is going to suffer?  Are we going to be taxed?

If this board is a sham as some advocate groups have stated,  then maybe we should do away with it but certainly not give it greater powers.

Our city cannot afford to have our dedicated men and women on the police force ‘retire’ early or quit because of lack of support from some elected officials.  This is comprising the police force.

‘Advocate’ groups that assert they care about the safety in our community. Clearly, they don’t care about me or my family’s safety otherwise they would not be advocating for these changes. These groups are destabilizing our police force by undermining the training, experience, and diligence of these committed officers.

In this time of uncertainty we have been told we are safe only if we stay at home and wear a mask; however, there is one thing I am very certain of, that I can trust the police, my life, my family’s lives and every family in Tampa depends on this trust every day.  Tampa will continue to be a safe, vibrant city only if the police are allowed to do their job.  Infusing a sense of apprehension and doubt in our police force goes against everything they have been trained to do which is to protect every person in Tampa. 

I support Mayor Castor’s recommended  and you should too.


SAMPLE LETTER:
Dear Tampa City Council Member,

In reference to reforming the Citizen Review Board on the agenda 11/18.  I do not want Tampa to be the next Miami.  The homicide rate is up 29% and aggravated burglary has increased 20% this year.  In my opinion, the proposed plan which is similar to Miami's is undermining the hard work of the police department.

Police need to feel confident in their instructional training, experience, and capabilities to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Our police are one of the most valuable yet underappreciated resources in our community.  We must support them not undermine their efforts to keep our community safe.

I strongly support Mayor Castor’s recommendation. Her career and understanding of the issues make her expertise indisputable. 

Sincerely,


FUTURE Talking Points   DEFUNDING 

Cities that have decreased funding have seen:

  • An increase in crime specifically homicides and aggravated assaults.
  • Commercial burglary i.e. looting and property damage has spike over 200% since May
  • Minneapolis has realized their mistake and is increasing funding
  • Officers are retiring early or quitting the force in many of these cities without enough fellow police to 'have their backs.'

Choose a point or make one even better: 

  • Don't make the same mistake these cities have made. 
  • Our police deserve a raise not a cut in funding.
  • Keep Tampa Safe- Fund our Police. 
  • Everyday they walk out the door they face the unexpected and unknown and all to keep our city safe. 
  • A vote to decrease any police funding is a vote to make Tampa unsafe not just for locals but for tourist too.
  • With the Super Bowl in a few months we want Tampa to be a welcoming atmosphere.  People shouldn't fear walking downtown or in neighborhoods which is what decreasing funds would do. 
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Major Castor- Mask Mandate

Email Mayor Castor or Call (813) 274-8251  Talking points:  Is she going to arrest all the Bucs players?; her outrage hurts businesses and future events, demand scientific proof masks work; stop the politics and care about the people;...

Newsweek:  Tampa Mayor Jane Castor issued an executive order before the Super Bowl saying masks must be worn outside while in "event zones," such as downtown, in and around the stadium, and at other tourist hotspots until February 13. The order also said those not wearing masks could be cited for a "normal civil infraction" that carries a $500 fine.

While the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County have their own mask requirements in place, Republican Governor Rick DeSantis issued an executive order in September stating that people could not be fined for not wearing a mask in Florida. 

Other reports:   "At a press conference Monday, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said that maskless fans at the Super Bowl will be 'identified' by law enforcement and that police will 'handle' the situation."  

Email Mayor Castor or Call (813) 274-8251  Talking points:  Is she going to arrest all the Bucs players?; her outrage hurts businesses and future events, demand scientific proof masks work; stop the politics and care about the people;...

Newsweek:  Tampa Mayor Jane Castor issued an executive order before the Super Bowl saying masks must be worn outside while in "event zones," such as downtown, in and around the stadium, and at other tourist hotspots until February 13. The order also said those not wearing masks could be cited for a "normal civil infraction" that carries a $500 fine.

While the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County have their own mask requirements in place, Republican Governor Rick DeSantis issued an executive order in September stating that people could not be fined for not wearing a mask in Florida. 

Other reports:   "At a press conference Monday, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said that maskless fans at the Super Bowl will be 'identified' by law enforcement and that police will 'handle' the situation."  

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National political office was never supposed to be a career. But for too many of our federal politicians, that's exactly what has happened.
Career politicians in D.C. will never limit their own power.   We the People must take control.

Ben Shapiro gets it: "Can you imagine the look on the faces of these Members of Congress when they realize that MILLIONS of people are preparing to kick them out of their forever office?"

National political office was never supposed to be a career. But for too many of our federal politicians, that's exactly what has happened.
Career politicians in D.C. will never limit their own power.   We the People must take control.

Ben Shapiro gets it: "Can you imagine the look on the faces of these Members of Congress when they realize that MILLIONS of people are preparing to kick them out of their forever office?"

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Sign Here to Stop the UN from Blocking Pro-Life Groups

The UN has rejected pro-life groups from presenting at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Now there is a call to kick pro-life groups out of the UN altogether. 

Pro-lifers have blocked a global right to abortion. Pro-lifers have blocked homosexual marriage at the UN. Pro-lifers have blocked a redefinition of the family at the UN.

Now the UN is striking back.

Pro-life groups that applied to present at the vitally important UN Commission on the Status of Women have been rejected.

The UN has rejected pro-life groups from presenting at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Now there is a call to kick pro-life groups out of the UN altogether. 

Pro-lifers have blocked a global right to abortion. Pro-lifers have blocked homosexual marriage at the UN. Pro-lifers have blocked a redefinition of the family at the UN.

Now the UN is striking back.

Pro-life groups that applied to present at the vitally important UN Commission on the Status of Women have been rejected.

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