Thursday, 16 September 2021

Tampa police called for hundreds to be evicted. Entire families lost their homes.

quote [ Since 2013, the Tampa Police Department has taken a hands-on role at more than 100 apartment communities, sending notices to landlords when their tenants are arrested or stopped by officers and encouraging their eviction.

The program, known as Crime-Free Multi Housing, was marketed to landlords as a way to keep violent crime and drug and gang activity off their properties.

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But the program also swept up more than 100 people who were arrested for misdemeanors — and dozens more whose charges were later dropped, a Tampa Bay Times investigation has found.

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And roughly 90 percent of the 1,100 people flagged by the program were Black, police records show. That’s despite Black residents making up only 54 percent of all arrests in Tampa over the past eight years. ]

Well, at least it's just an isolated incident in Florida of all places and oh, Crime-Free Housing Lets Police Influence Landlords - The Atlantic

So it turns out this is a nationwide thing often used by local governments in conjunction with their real estate developing friends to clear (typically) black people out of areas to be redeveloped. They make a deal with the police, cops go gung ho and do stop and frisk type shit to poor people en masse, leading to eviction after eviction.
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+5]
[by steele@6:25pmGMT]

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mechavolt said @ 6:59pm GMT on 16th Sep [Score:2 Underrated]
To be fair, they're just doing what the police were originally created for:

To fuck with black people and protect the wealthy.
dolemite said @ 9:21pm GMT on 16th Sep [Score:1 Insightful]
Man, those few bad apples sure seem to be getting A LOT of stuff done nationwide...
mechanical contrivance said @ 1:47pm GMT on 18th Sep
This is the first I've heard about this, but I'm not at all surprised.

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