Tampa Police to Host Community Forum to Address Rising Gun Violence
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Tampa Police Department will host a community forum on Tuesday night focusing on gun violence.
A panel of local officials and gun safety advocates will speak out on the issue at an event at the Jackson Heights YET Center, 3310 E. Lake Avenue, in East Tampa. The two hour event will start at 5:30 p.m.
At Tuesday’s forum, Acting Tampa Police Chief Ruben Delgado plans to announce a number of initiatives to address the rise in gun violence in Tampa.
The city saw a dramatic increase in gun violence during the first half of the year. At least 11 people have been gunned down in Tampa since Thanksgiving week.
“You can get rid of a headache, but this pain here will never get better,” said Patricia Brown, Founder and CEO of Rise Up For Peace.
Brown’s son, Devante Brown, 27, was shot and killed in March 2020. No one has been arrested for his murder.
While waiting for justice, Brown founded the organization “Rise Up for Peace” to provide a support system for grieving families and help find solutions to prevent these senseless deaths.
“I face this every day: the pain and the hurt. I have my good days and I have my bad days. But I keep pushing and pushing because I know that’s what he would want me to do, ”said Brown.
The organization’s leaders are working closely with the Tampa Police and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to raise awareness.
“We have been with them by their side throughout the year. Each month we choose a different neighborhood and walk to raise awareness, ”said interim chef Delgado.
The Tuesday evening event is open to the public. This is the first in a series of community forums planned by the Tampa Police.