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Tensions High After Tampa Police Fatally Shoot Teen
Tampa Tribune ^ | July 23, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 07/23/2012 12:34:21 PM PDT by Iron Munro

Members of a local Black Panther group are planning a protest today after Tampa police shot and killed an armed teenager Sunday night in a Tampa Heights apartment complex.

The St. Petersburg/Tampa New Black Panther Party says it expects 200 protesters to attend a rally at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Police Department headquarters on North 22nd Street.

The protest is in response to the shooting death of Javon Neal, 16, who police say ran from police up a stairwell then whirled around brandishing a pistol grip, pump-action shotgun before police shot him.

The shooting ignited anger among the apartment complex residents and neighbors, and scores of people milled about Columbus Drive in front of the Central Court Apartments, at 2510 Central Ave., cat-calling police and nearly disrupting a news conference Sunday night.

Neal lived in the complex and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

A man was shot at the complex about 4 p.m. and taken to the hospital, but police were still trying to determine if Neal had any connection to that shooting, McElroy said.

When police got a call of another shooting in progress at 7:21 p.m., two officers with a special unit that focuses on violent offenders responded.

The officers spotted someone who matched the description given in the 911 call and followed him to the south side of the complex, yelling for him to stop, McElroy said. But Neal kept going and ran up the three flights on an outside staircase, stopped on the third-floor landing and began pulling something out of his pant leg, she said.

The officers reached the third floor when Neal turned around, holding the shotgun in his hands.

"There was no doubt he was armed with a very dangerous weapon," McElroy said.

The gunman didn't fire, but police did. Neal was hit at least once, but McElroy didn't know how many shots the officers fired.

McElroy identified the officers as Gregory Pryor, 36, who has been with the department for five years, and Shannon Murphy, 35, a nine-year veteran of the force.

Both have been placed on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed, which is standard operating procedure.

Neither officer was injured.

When the officers showed up Sunday evening to investigate the shooting, there was a large birthday party going on in the apartment complex's courtyard, said Robert Fulton, who said he saw Neal get shot and that he knew the teen.

Fulton said the officers fired on the teen too quickly and disputed the police department's account that Neal was armed.

"I saw the young man," Fulton said. "He had a hoodie on, and he reached into his pocket for something, and the police fired."

The officers fired numerous times from about 10 feet away, Fulton said.

"They acted too quickly," he said.

McElroy held a news conference on Columbus Drive, around 8:30 p.m. while police cruisers with lights on lined the brick street from Jefferson Street almost to Central Avenue, splashing the street's modest older homes with blue and red strobes. A crowd gathered behind the news reporters and shouted over McElroy when she gave the police's version of what happened.

"That's a lie," yelled one woman, when McElroy said the teen was armed.

"God saw what happened," another woman shouted, "and I bet he is going to get justice."

By 10 p.m., the crowd had begun to disperse, and police began pulling down the yellow crime scene tape.

But the issue is not over, said Ali Muhammad, with the New Black Panther Party. He called for a rally in front of police headquarters in Tampa this morning, protesting police violence and excessive use of force.

Sunday night, Muhammad urged peace on Columbus Avenue.

"We are offering support for the community, and to make sure everything stays calm, cool and collected," he said. "There are a lot of people out here who are outraged about this."

McElroy said the shooting was not racial, that officers were doing their jobs in detaining a suspect in a shooting. Neal is black and McElroy said one of the officers is black.

"Race did not play into the equation," she said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: blackpanthers; fl; florida; leo; police; shooting; tampa
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Never underestimate the arrogant stupidity of black racists - especially in mob form.

Gomer with homemade name pulls riot shotgun on police.

Police shoot Gomer.

Black Panthers say police shot too fast.

Well - they could have just offered to let him go if he didn't shoot them.

1 posted on 07/23/2012 12:34:29 PM PDT by Iron Munro
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To: Iron Munro

Zimmerman made them do it.


2 posted on 07/23/2012 12:38:24 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Iron Munro

What do you expect? They missed their chance to gin up a riot over St. Travon Martin. Here’s another opportunity.


3 posted on 07/23/2012 12:38:48 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Iron Munro
He had a hoodie on...

... because it gets really cold in Tampa, Florida in July.

5 posted on 07/23/2012 12:40:16 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Iron Munro

Did he have any Skillets or IT?


6 posted on 07/23/2012 12:40:31 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Tupelo

Were either of the officers “white hispanics”? Because they are the worst kind of racists, especially the one’s with African-Peruvian ancestors, those are even worse!


7 posted on 07/23/2012 12:43:50 PM PDT by oncebitten (Obama: could not get a clue if he were covered in clue musk and standing in a field of horny clues.)
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To: Iron Munro

“Well - they could have just offered to let him go if he didn’t shoot them.”

They should have used Holder’s directive for border patrol agents and run away and hid themselves.


8 posted on 07/23/2012 12:45:33 PM PDT by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: Iron Munro

What NOT to name your baby:

Trayvon, Jayvon, etc.


9 posted on 07/23/2012 12:45:43 PM PDT by miserare
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To: Iron Munro

Somewhere over the Skittle Rainbow ...

“Javon? Meet Travon”

“Travon? Meet Javon”

You two poor dumb asses.


10 posted on 07/23/2012 12:45:51 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Iron Munro

I can’t believe they named the cops in the story. That is stupid.

If they don’t want cops in their neighborhoods, fine. No more responses to any 911 calls from their area. How does that sound?


11 posted on 07/23/2012 12:45:51 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Iron Munro

When Hussein loses on Novemember 6th, cities like Tampa will BURN, and blood will run in the streets. Be ready to defend your family.


12 posted on 07/23/2012 12:48:27 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Iron Munro

> “He had a hoodie on, and he reached into his pocket for something, and the police fired.”

Dang, but that sounds uncannily like the Zimmerman case. - But now it is LEO who were the shooters. Hmmm.
No foaming at the mouth State Attorney to push her agenda...

So which is it? Was he armed or not?
One of these statements is an outright lie - There is no way you can confuse a pulling a freakin shotgun on LEO in broad daylight with putting your hand in a pocket.


13 posted on 07/23/2012 12:48:27 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Iron Munro
The poor child was just on his way home from kindergarten, after a stop for skittles and a watermelon punch, dressed in a hoodie and carrying a shotgun.

Obviously the cops ‘acted stupidly’ in gunning down the Innocent yute.

14 posted on 07/23/2012 12:49:49 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


15 posted on 07/23/2012 12:49:57 PM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Pining_4_TX

“...No more responses to any 911 calls from their area...”

I believe that is exactly what the Black Panthers want: a place they control.


16 posted on 07/23/2012 12:50:06 PM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: Iron Munro

Perhaps it should be standard practice for the police (who likely all have camera phones these days) to photograph the perp with his gun from multiple angles. Then the PD could preemptively release the pics to all the news media and put it up on the PD web site.


17 posted on 07/23/2012 12:50:06 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Vigilanteman; HIDEK6; Mouton
If Obama had a son.....

The Late Javon Neal


18 posted on 07/23/2012 12:51:18 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Iron Munro
The jack-booted police are running around the neighborhood gunning down every kid that happens to be carrying one of these.

/sarc

19 posted on 07/23/2012 12:52:21 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Iron Munro

Another Trayvon, Javon, Leebon, Kieron, Shayon, ...


20 posted on 07/23/2012 12:52:59 PM PDT by daivid
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To: Iron Munro

The black community complains about crime in their neighborhoods yet they continue to support criminals.

In another 50 years it won’t matter because there will be so few blacks left.


21 posted on 07/23/2012 12:54:32 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Iron Munro
I think the import question here is...

Did the deceased gunman look like Obama's son, if he had one?

22 posted on 07/23/2012 12:55:09 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: Iron Munro

Jayvon Neal

tampabay.com article:"On the ground outside the stairwell, investigators said they found the shotgun Neal carried. They say it fell from Neal's hands over the stairway railing."

23 posted on 07/23/2012 12:55:09 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: daivid

And he shall be Javon, and he shall be a hood man....


24 posted on 07/23/2012 12:55:14 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Iron Munro

“The St. Petersburg/Tampa New Black Panther Party says it expects 200 protesters to attend a rally at 9 a.m.”

And one of the protesters will miss work...


25 posted on 07/23/2012 12:57:26 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Iron Munro
I sure as heck don't take the government unionists' side of the story as unassailable fact.

26 posted on 07/23/2012 12:58:23 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: mkjessup
“Javon? Meet Travon” “Travon? Meet Javon”

So, you noticed the crafty way the spelling was slightly altered!

That makes them both spacial and you-neek.

27 posted on 07/23/2012 12:59:37 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

They breed faster than they murder.


28 posted on 07/23/2012 12:59:37 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Iron Munro
Neal is black and McElroy said one of the officers is black.

The other was a white Hispanic.

29 posted on 07/23/2012 12:59:55 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Iron Munro
Why do police even bother responding to places like this?

Having a birfday party in the courtyard while an active shooter roams the place, and they only get mad when the cops show up and do something about it.

30 posted on 07/23/2012 1:03:10 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Iron Munro

not this crap again.

Out in CA hey are surrounding a police station and then getting intot he faces of officers but then crying once taken down.
Now again here in FL we have the usual race baiting racist black panthers and others who think it’s mob rule.

Shoot a white guy all is well shoot a black or hispanic and all hell goes off because they can’t understand how things work/


31 posted on 07/23/2012 1:04:40 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: TigersEye
According to Fox news, Javon had a Natural Ice and some Twizzlers...

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/19085584/armed-teen-dead-following-confrontation-with-tampa-police

32 posted on 07/23/2012 1:04:40 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: miserare

His girlfriend was six months pregnant.

http://www2.tbo.com/


33 posted on 07/23/2012 1:07:38 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Mouton
And Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party movement

One day the New Black Panther Party is going to some place like Plant City or Dover and start their crap. And then...

34 posted on 07/23/2012 1:07:55 PM PDT by sport
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To: evets

It’s not a birthday party until you have a shotty, Twizzlers, and some Natty Ice!


35 posted on 07/23/2012 1:10:07 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: PapaBear3625
On the ground outside the stairwell, investigators said they found the shotgun Neal carried.
They say it fell from Neal's hands over the stairway railing."

He was no doubt reaching for his bag of Skittles and inadvertantly dropped
the shotgun that he had just found on his way home from choir practice.

This is the shotgun dropped by Javon Neal.


36 posted on 07/23/2012 1:11:53 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Stormdog

I’m just speculating here but I bet that you meant to write, “ And none of the protesters will miss work...”


37 posted on 07/23/2012 1:14:14 PM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: Iron Munro

“Police fired at 10 feet” - should have started firing at 21 feet.


38 posted on 07/23/2012 1:18:26 PM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: rhubarbk

“I’m just speculating here but I bet that you meant to write, “ And none of the protesters will miss work...”

No, only one actually has a job; the rest don’t work anyway.


39 posted on 07/23/2012 1:18:50 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Stormdog
“The St. Petersburg/Tampa New Black Panther Party says it expects 200 protesters to attend a rally at 9 a.m.”

Massive Javon Neal Protest Shuts Down City Sidewalk


40 posted on 07/23/2012 1:19:33 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Iron Munro
The officers spotted someone who matched the description given in the 911 call and followed him to the south side of the complex, yelling for him to stop,

So they profiled him, and stalked him, and provoked him, and yelled at him like a dog. Call the FBI.

41 posted on 07/23/2012 1:20:56 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: evets
I thought you were chittin' me until I got the link to open. LOL

So, this is what it's come to!?! Any black kid with canned ice tea and a bag of candy is fair game now? /s ;^)

42 posted on 07/23/2012 1:21:36 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: rhubarbk

Wee’s protesting because at least two pollease should have been shot before they fired on our people.


43 posted on 07/23/2012 1:22:31 PM PDT by spawn44 (moo)
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To: rhubarbk

Wee’s protesting because at least two pollease should have been shot before they fired on our people.


44 posted on 07/23/2012 1:22:43 PM PDT by spawn44 (moo)
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To: daivid
Another Trayvon, Javon, Leebon, Kieron, Shayon, ...

And of course

Skylon

:-))

45 posted on 07/23/2012 1:23:45 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: Iron Munro

One of the tampa news outlets said 5 people showed up to protest. I guess the other 195 couldn’t make it.


46 posted on 07/23/2012 1:24:44 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Iron Munro

She’s big but I wouldn’t call her massive. Gettin’ there though.


47 posted on 07/23/2012 1:25:17 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: mc5cents
Don't forget Cylon


48 posted on 07/23/2012 1:25:56 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Iron Munro

You officially win the post of the day!


49 posted on 07/23/2012 1:39:24 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: PapaBear3625

Oh, c’mon! The cops use throw-down pistol grip riot shotguns all the time, they’re so easy to conceal! /sarc.


50 posted on 07/23/2012 1:41:37 PM PDT by jagusafr
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