Mom who lost son during SWAT raid supports Citizen’s Review Board

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TAMPA – Jason Westcott’s mom says he called Tampa Police because he had gotten death threats. She also says the told him to keep his gun ready at his home so when he was shot by police his family was floored.

“I had nobody to go to and that’s a horrible feeling especially when you just lost your child,” said mother Patti Silliman.

Her oldest son was the family rock.

“It’s ruined our lives in every way,” said Silliman.

But 29 year old Jason Westcott was killed inside his Seminole Heights home in 2014.

“Jason was shot and I my first thought was it was a home invasion,” said his mother.

It was, in a way, if you ask this mom her opinion.

“He had called the police previously and they were in his home. They would have known there was no drug dealings going on,” she said.

Tampa Police raided Westcott’s home may 27thmore than a year ago, looking for drugs tipped off by a confidential informant. as they broke down the door, police say Westcott pointed a gun at them– that they did what they had to do.

“I know how he was raised, and he was raised by a police officer and he would have never done what they’re saying,” said Jason’s mom. She also says the confidential informant lied to police about her son’s drug activity.

An internal investigation absolved officer of any wrong doing though police only found $2 dollars worth of marijuana in Westcott’s home leaving, Silliman feeling powerless.

“They have IA, they have internal investigations but when you police yourself, you have that veil of concern by the outsider,” said attorney T.J. Grimaldi.

Now Silliman is speaking out in support of a citizen’s review board. she knows it wouldn’t change anything for her son but maybe someone else.

“I have so much anger and resentment inside just because I feel like nobody’s being held accountable,” she said.

A public hearing is scheduled for early September in front of Tampa City Council. Grimaldi says he plans to file suit against the city by the end of the year.

Man arrested for attempting to murder 11-month-old baby – FOX 13 News

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Posted: Jul 10, 2015 8:10 AM EDTUpdated: Jul 12, 2015 6:48 PM EDTBy: FOX 13 Tampa Bay StaffCONNECT PINELLAS PARK (FOX 13) -The man accused of trying to kill an 11-month-old baby is in custody.Pinellas Park police arrested 31-year-old Glen Franklin Neal, Jr., and charged him with attempted murder.The baby boy is fighting for his life in the hospital.  He reportedly has a severe head injury and bleeding on his brain from being kicked, punched and bitten- nearly to death.Detectives have not yet said what Neal’s relationship is with the baby, but they did say Neal was at the home with him when it happened, and was responsible for his care.Neal has a violent criminal history, including arrests for child neglect, resisting arrest, fleeing to elude, cocaine possession and battery upon a law enforcement officer.

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Twin Typhoons – Yet Again

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The National Hurricane Center is tracking two systems in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of Mexico. Tropical depression Five-E has formed today and forecast to become a hurricane by 7-14-15. NHC: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac The JTWC is tracking this and two western Pacific Typhoons: JTWC: http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/

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Couple killed in Bradenton shooting while 5 children were in the home – Story | abcactionnews.com | Tampa Bay News, Weather, Sports, Things To Do | WFTS-TV

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BRADENTON, Fla. – A Bradenton couple was killed early Thursday morning, while five young children were there at the home, according to Bradenton Police.WATCH NOW:  http://wfts.tv/1jGWUtlPolice said a group of people, perhaps 4 or 5, were wearing masks when they broke into the house at 3910 Southern Parkway West, and shot the couple to death.Police said at least one victim was shot in the head.It all happened before 4:00 a.m., just across the street from Robert H. Prine Elemetary School.Police said one of the children saw the masked men in the home.

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Guns stolen from cars ending up in young hands

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Police say it’s a growing trend, children with guns on the street in the Tampa Bay area. It turns out police believe several of those guns are stolen from unlocked cars, left behind by lawful gun owners.

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Record making Aussie balloon finally returns home

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Record making Aussie balloon finally returns home After heading north the petulant pico party-type balloon PS-46, carrying an Amateur Radio payload, floated over the Indian Ocean near Cocos Keeling Island, or within 660km of Jakarta Indonesia. There the solar powered high altitude balloon was tracked taking a heart-shaped course, over several days, before heading to West Australia coming ashore on Tuesday near Exmouth. Under a jetstream influence it then floated over Australia’s interior north of Alice S

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100 Watts and a Wire with Christian Cudnik, KØSTH​ Officially Launches!

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100 Watts and a Wire with Christian Cudnik, KØSTH​ Officially Launches!Fans of Ham Nation may recognize Christian, KØSTH from his work as the host of the “New Ham” segment.100 Watts and a Wire is a program celebrating amateur radio through the eyes of a new ham. The show will feature topical conversation and interviews, news and an entertaining look at the adventures of a ham trying to figure it all out. Well explore the interesting layers of this diverse hobby and service. 100 Watts and a Wire

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Motorcyclist killed in Hillsborough – Story | abcactionnews.com | Tampa Bay News, Weather, Sports, Things To Do | WFTS-TV

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HILLSBOROUGH – A 20-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash in Hillsborough County on Saturday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Kristopher Graham of Tampa was heading southbound on Bruce B. Downs in the far left land with a man named Antione Jones behind him as Geraldine Bedford was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry northbound on Bruce B. Downs attempting to turn left onto University Plaza, authorities say.A friend of Jones and Graham named D-Andre Alexander was behind Graham and Jones in a red Scion.Bedford turned into Graham’s path. Graham attempted to avoid the crash, but ended up hitting the passenger side of the vehicle.Jones, who was directly behind Graham, hit Graham’s motorcycle. Graham died on scene.Meanwhile, Jones lost control of his motorcycle, causing it to go down on its side.Jones suffered road burns to his legs and arms. Alexander ran over debris and stopped south of the intersection and rendered aid. Jones was taken to Florida Hospital on Fletcher Avenue and released.

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