Police chief to attend NAACP meeting in Seminole Heights

The chief will address concerns about the string of murders in the neighborhood.

TAMPA, Fla. -- A community on edge after a string of four random, but connected murders will have the chance to speak directly with Tampa’s newly-appointed police chief about their fears, anxieties and concerns over how police are conducting their investigation.

Chief Brian Dugan will make an appearance at Hillsborough County’s NAACP meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday. It will take place at the Seminole Heights Branch Library at 4711 N. Central Avenue in Tampa. The public is encouraged to attend.

NAACP President Yvette Lewis said the meeting was scheduled before the most recent murder and centered around multiple calls her office received about the techniques TPD has been using during their search for the suspect.

“We received a couple of calls on the technique they were doing, the high arrest from the VOP [violation of probation] and the warrants, so that was one reason for them to come out and answer to the community,” she said. “We also want them to answer questions from the community … what are their plans to catch this guy?”

Lewis reiterated the importance of TPD answering questions from the community and speaking to them directly about plans to catch the killer.

“It’s a touchy situation,” she said. “How do you catch this person without violating someone else’s right?”

Dugan made it clear his officers have been and will continue to work relentlessly to find the suspect.

The morning the fourth victim, Ronald Felton, was found dead at Nebraska and McBerry, police immediately set up a perimeter and swept the area. They were also seen stopping people in cars and on foot, asking questions and taking down information as they searched for leads.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with 10News WTSP. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. You can also email her at emorrow@wtsp.com.

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