Tampa Police Host First in Series of Anti-Violence Rallies

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WHAT:          Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and District Two police officers will join Sulphur Springs residents and community stakeholders in a march against violent crime.

WHEN:          Saturday, April 18, 2015 from Noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE:        Officers and community members will start marching at noon from Abundant Life Church (8117 N. 13th Street) to Idlewild Sulphur Springs Church (8209 N. 19th Street)


The Tampa Police Department is combining forces with residents and community organizations to combat a recent spike in violent crime.  On Saturday, April 18, officers and community members will march side-by-side to send a message that crime will not be tolerated.  The first in a series of anti-violence rallies will take place in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood.  The group will march from Abundant Life Church to 920 E. Sitka Street, the scene where 14-year-old Richard Newton was shot and killed last month.  After a brief moment of silence, participants will continue marching to Idlewild Sulphur Springs Church for refreshments, entertainment and an opportunity to connect with positive resources in the neighborhood. 

District Two Detective Talley Cooks will serve his famous Jambalaya to the community.  Members of Idlewild Sulphur Springs Church and Country Boys Bar-B-Que will also provide free refreshments to the rally participants.     

Community activist Vivian Heyward was instrumental in securing the Cowbros for the event.  The well-known group of African-American ranchers will join over a dozen community resource vendors slated to participate in the rally wrap up.

This event is free and open to all community members.

Janelle McGregor