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It’s been seven years since drug dealers murdered  23-year-old Rachel Hoffman while she worked undercover for the Tallahassee Police Department -- and her father says not enough has changed.  

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The suspect, 25-year-old Deondrae Hudson, was apprehended Monday for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Nickolas Doss.

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18 to 29-year-old black men made up the majority of assailants and victims of gun related crimes in Tallahassee from 2011 to 2013. That’s according to a study from the newly-formed Community Leadership Council on Gun Violence. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo says the study is the first step to addressing gun violence in the city. 

DeLeo says the Committee is also using the study to identify which neighborhoods would most benefit from gun violence reduction efforts. 

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Tallahassee’s Police Chief Michael DeLeo is now a voting member of the state’s Domestic Security Oversight Council. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey says  DeLeo's experience and expertise will be beneficial to the group.

DeLeo says he’s excited by the appointment and will work to balance the safety of the state’s citizens while protecting their rights. FDLE Spokeswoman Samantha Andrews says the council acts as an advisory council for domestic security groups around the state.

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A group called the Tallahassee Dream Defenders staged a protest against police brutality outside the Tallahassee Police Department Wednesday evening. They’re demanding justice three weeks after an officer was captured on video using a stun gun on a 61-year-old woman.

About 30 people held signs and chanted outside the police station on Seventh Avenue as rush-hour traffic whizzed by. The protest was part of a movement called the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality held in cities across the nation.

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Local activists say they want to see changes in the policing practices of the Tallahassee Police Department. TPD is once again under fire for its use of force after a video shows officers tazing a woman who was walking away from them.

Many residents of Tallahassee’s Frenchtown neighborhood have a low opinion of the Tallahassee Police Department. They say they’re harassed for no reason. Troy Zander Sr., a Frenchtown resident, says he was stopped at three in the morning while walking to McDonalds last year by an officer demanding to know where he was going:

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A Tallahassee Police Department officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video showed him stunning a woman.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo announced this morning announced Officer Terry Mahan has been placed on administrative leave following an incident where he used his stun gun to stop a woman during his efforts to take her into custody.

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A nationwide event aimed at promoting crime and drug prevention awareness will have a much bigger presence in the Tallahassee community this year. The Tallahassee Police Department is partnering with Target to host its version of “National Night Out” Tuesday at Cascades Park.

Every year since the early mid-1980s, “National Night Out” is celebrated on the first Tuesday in August. It was started by the National Association of Town Watch. In the past, TPD Community Relations Supervisor Sgt. Artemus Shepherd says they commemorated the day by assisting locals with own events.

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Police continue to investigate after a man was found dead in the Tallahassee Village Commons shopping center parking lot Tuesday. Police have identified him as 27-year-old John A. Casey Martinez.

A Fresh Market employee noticed Martinez slumped over in a car earlier on Tuesday. Hours later, the employee called TPD when it was apparent Martinez had not moved. Investigators say there are no "overt" signs of foul play, but they have not commented on the cause of death.

TPD spokesman Dave Northway says Martinez’s death is classified as “suspicious” for investigative purposes.

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Leon County children are getting visits from law enforcement officers who want to read them stories this week. A partnership between local law enforcement agencies and Leon County Libraries, the first-ever read-a-thon event is meant to  bring the library experience into neighborhoods.

On Monday morning, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessica Ikner was walking through an apartment complex on the south end of town.

She tells a maintenance crew, “You see any kids, you send ‘em to me, OK?”

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In less than two weeks, a group of community leaders and local officials is expected to come up with ways to help reduce Tallahassee’s sudden increase in gun violence, and some members of the panel say they’re ready to start.

Heather Mitchell is the President of the United Way of the Big Bend, and one of the newly established 16-member Community Leadership Council on Gun Violence. Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo recently announced it was part of a five-prong approach to get feedback, after a series of officer-involved shootings in recent weeks.

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The Tallahassee Police Department is taking an unconventional approach to its social media presence. As first reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, the department’s Facebook page features crime reports written from the perspective of a fictional police dog.

His name is Copper and his mission is to post comedic police reports on the TPD’s Facebook page. He comments on crimes, injuries and, on occasion, community events and holidays. Below is an excerpt from Copper's June 2 post:

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Officials have set a hearing date for a Tallahassee woman who’s suing the city for excessive use of force. That date is set for May of 2015.

Police officers involved in two recent shootings of suspects have been cleared of wrongdoing by a Leon County grand jury.  State Attorney Willie Meggs says the officers followed the law and took the actions they felt were necessary to protect the public and themselves.

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After four officer-involved shootings within the past month, Tallahassee Police met with the community in the Griffin Heights neighborhood Thursday night. Attendees talked about trying to overcome mutual mistrust between law enforcement and the people. And they discussed potential solutions to the city’s sky-high crime rate.

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An early-morning incident today was the fourth time in a month Tallahassee police officers have shot suspects they were pursuing.  Tonight, the community is invited to discuss gun violence with TPD at a town hall.

  

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at New Birth Tabernacle, 1200 Harlem St.—that’s near the intersection of West Tennessee Street and Stadium Drive.

Pastor Rudy Ferguson says he’s hosting it because he wants to ensure the African-American community partners with police to work on solutions.

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Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo hopes to submit his department’s policies to a thorough external review.  The proposed policy assessment follows a handful of high-profile scandals involving the department.

Police hope the City Commission approves nearly $75,000 to pay for a review by the Washington, D.C.-based Police Executive Research Forum.

TPD Administrative Services Bureau Director Greg Frost says the goal is to make sure the department’s policies align with national best practices.

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A recent shooting at a local gas station is the latest in a string of violent crime that’s been plaguing the Tallahassee area, and the city’s newest police chief is weighing in.

It’s been five months since Michael DeLeo assumed his new role as head of Tallahassee's Police department. In that time, he says he’s continuing to meet with different groups and residents in the community. He says he’s also been keeping busy with evaluating the police department as it continues to transition.

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Florida state Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) was arrested early Monday morning in Tallahassee on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The Associated Press reports Rep. Eagle was spotted driving erratically around 1 a.m. on East Tennessee Street.  According to the probable cause report, Eagle's vehicle left a Taco Bell, nearly struck a curb and ran a red light.
 
In a statement, Eagle refuted the account.

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The Green Dot Money Card scam has made its way to Tallahassee. Police are investigating a new kind of scam that’s hard to trace using reloadable debit cards.

In just one day, at least ten people called to complain to the Tallahassee Police Department about a male lieutenant, who said he had a warrant for their arrest. The problem, TPD Spokesman David Northway says, is no sworn officers are known to have made such a call. And he adds they certainly wouldn’t tell people they could avoid arrest if they purchase a Green Dot Money Card.

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There’s a new Police Chief in town, and Michael DeLeo says there are several things he’s focused on as the new head of the Tallahassee Police Department. WFSU sat down with DeLeo to discuss his vision for the department and takes a look at the start of his journey in the Capitol city.

DeLeo's Swearing-In

Before the start of the New Year, Michael DeLeo was sworn in as Tallahassee’s newest Police Chief.

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Four Tallahassee Police Officers have been suspended following the results of an internal investigation into a violent DUI arrest in August.

The Tallahassee Police Department’s report says the officers who arrested Christina West complied with the Department’s use of force policies, as they existed at the time. But the report dinged the officers on several other fronts: including failing to get West medical attention, and improper documentation in the original police report on the incident.

How The Jameis Winston Case Will Define The Term 'Victim'

Dec 6, 2013
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The end of the investigation of Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston this week shut the door on criminal charges but opened a discussion of how sexual assault is talked about.

UPDATE: TPD Releases Jameis Winston Investigation Reports

Dec 5, 2013
David July

Update 3:40 p.m.

Following  State Attorney Willie Meggs' news conference, Tim Jansen, the attorney for FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, says affidavits will show the encounter was consensual between him and the complainant. He adds Winston's behavior was a normal, collegiate "one-night stand."

As for the announcement regarding no charges to be filed against anyone in the sex assault investigation, Jansen says Winston gave him a hug and was happy with the decision, even taking an exam Thursday afternoon.

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Questionable judgment. Police Brutality. Favoritism and preferential treatment.

The  Tallahassee Police Department has faced those charges and others concerning how it handles cases. It's now facing an image crisis as it continues a sexual assault investigation involving Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, but questions about TPD's credibility have been circulating for years. 

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