Was there a Notice Delay by Tampa Police to the Media and the Community about DUSHARN WEEMS?

Reporters, take note, does the Government have the power to decide what they alert you about ? Are there other stories we don’t know about?

DUSHARN WEEMS & Tampa Police Dept (TIME LINE)

  • OCTOBER 20, 2017 -Dusharn Weems “DJ” (a 23 year old black man) sustained injuries after he came into contact with a Tampa Police Department patrol car.  According to Dusharn’s brother Kevin, Dusharn is taken to hospital and placed on life support* Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 21, 2017 – the mother of Dusharn Weems 2 year old baby girl was visited by Officer Turner and Lead Detective Belmonte at about approximately 4:00pm-5:00pm.  According to Shay (mother of DJ’s 2 year old girl), Belmonte told Shay that DJ was fleeing on foot and that a patrol car “bumped” him.  * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 22, 2017 –  DJ remains on life support.  Other than Belmonte’s statement to Shay, TPD does not sit down with family to tell them what happened.  * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 23, 2017 –  DJ remains on life support.  No word from TPD telling DJ’s family exactly what happened.    * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 24, 2017 – Dusharn Weems’ dies at approximately 4:00am.  * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about DJ’s death after one of their patrol cars was involved in a collision with him. 
  • OCTOBER 25, 2017 – Officer Turner and Detective Snell arrive at Shay’s house asking about Dusharn’s clothing and among other questions ask about a social media post and whether she knew of anyone who might have witnessed what happened.  DJ’s family attorneys are present and one of the attorneys ask Officer Turner what happened and Turner simply states case is under investigation.  * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 26, 2017 – * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 27, 2017 – * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 28, 2017 – * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 29, 2017 – * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 30, 2017 – * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • OCTOBER 31, 2017 – * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 1, 2017 – * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 2, 2017- DJ family attorneys again begin to ask TPD questions about what happened. * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 3, 2017- TPD counsel coordinates a meeting with TPD top brass and DJ’s family/attorneys.  * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 4, 2017- * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 5, 2017- * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 6, 2017- * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 7, 2017 Attorneys for Dusharn Weems’ family and family meet with Chief Brian Dugan, TPD attorney Kirby Rainesberger, and Lead Detective, Police Corporal Matthew P. Belmonte.  This is what TPD told family and attorneys:
    • As a condition of the meeting no one was allowed to video record
    • The described the incident with TPD and Dusharn as an “accident” and “unfortunate timing” Chief Dugan
    • Chief Dugan indicated that at the end of the investigation we would see that TPD was up front and honest with us
    • DJ was struck by a TPD vehicle
    • The officer operating that vehicle has been put on administrative duties.
    • HCSO was investigating an Armed Robbery where male suspects forced their way into a home where there was two adult females and a 5 year old
    • A car described as the one DJ was driving had been reported as stolen
    • There was no evidentiary link between DJ and the home invasion or the vehicle theft, only that he was driving the car that was allegedly stolen
    • Chief Dugan said he viewed the dash cam footage of the vehicle that struck DJ several times (he said he did not see other footage that may be available) and that once we see it, it will be clear that it was “unfortunate timing” as DJ hit the front quarter panel of the patrol car (he ran into it) and then the patrol car’s right front tire ran over DJ’s right arm.  When Dugan was questioned about this by one of the attorneys present, he seemed to have become agitated and said this was not a deposition. At the end of the meeting Dugan stated they were still trying to figure out how that happened.
    • Chief Dugan says that the dash cam of the vehicle that hit DJ did not capture DJ as he hit the front side.
    • Chief Dugan said the operator of the vehicle that hit DJ did not have body cam
    • Chief Dugan said that another officer was also chasing DJ by foot and did not have body cam.
    • Chief Dugan stated that the patrol car that hit DJ was traveling “slow” which raised another question as to how did DJ sustain such an serious injury that led to his death if the vehicle was traveling slow.
    • Chief Dugan was asked about radio transmissions and medical dispatch times.
    • TPD indicated that EMS arrived immediately.
    • DJ’s clothes that he had when he arrived at the hospital are still missing and no family member retrieved them.  There was a shoe left at the scene and DJ’s phone.
    • TPD advised there is no cause of death yet and that they are awaiting toxicology results which can take up to 30 days and thereafter they will forward to State Attorney for that agency to investigate.
  • NOVEMBER 8, 2017 – * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 9, 2017* Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 10, 2017* Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 11, 2017* Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 12, 2017 – One of DJ’s family attorneys, due to the media, TPD, nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn alerting the community about this incident, goes on Tampa Bay activist Michelle Williams’ Black News Report show.  Williams’ broke the news story.  Interview also conducted to raise funds for DJ’s funeral service.  Katrina Hall advised TPD on November 7, 2017 that they needed money for DJ’s funeral service. Chief Dugan said nothing in return.  SEE INTERVIEW HERE * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 13, 2017 – One of DJ’s family attorneys contacts a local media outlet to let them know about this incident.  The reporter the attorney spoke with said it was “unusual” that they had not received a media alert by TPD as they are supposed to issue media alerts with fatality cases in Tampa.  This reporter indicated that he had a call in to TPD to inquire about this issue and also asked for witness names and contact info for them (he called them and spoke to them) from DJ family attorney as he began to work on this story.  TPD’s attorney calls and leaves a message for one of DJ’s family attorneys regarding “a newspaper reporter looking into this accident.”   * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 15, 2017 – One of DJ’s family attorneys follows up with reporter when no story is published about the case.  This reporter emailed DJ’s family attorney saying that he was re-directed by editors and so “unfortunately, I don’t think I will be able to do the story.” Reporter Email* Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. Another reporter is contacted by DJ family attorney who also questions why he did not receive a media alert.  He also does not run the story.
  • NOVEMBER 18, 2017 – One of DJ’s family attorneys emails Mayor Bob Buckhorn and asks whether he was going to notify the community about Dusharn Weems?  Buckhorn Email * Tampa Police Department (“TPD”) nor Mayor Bob Buckhorn notify media nor community about this incident. 
  • NOVEMBER 22, 2017 – TPD puts out media alert about Dusharn Weems.  TPD Media Alert about Dusharn Weems

ARTICLES PUBLISHED ON THE STORY after media alert issued by TPD on November 22, 2017, one month after TPD patrol car “collides” with DJ

Death of Tampa man struck by patrol car during chase is investigated, Tampa Bay Times

Fleeing suspect dies after collision with Tampa police car, News Channel 8

Tampa Police Investigate Death Of Fleeing Suspect, Patch.com

STORY DEVELOPING……………

CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL FOR DUSHARN WEEMS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 at 7:30PM. LOCATION: Lykes Gaslight Square Park located at 410 N Franklin St. Tampa, Fl. 33602.

 

THE CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL will also be held to honor and remember Deloria.  Deloria committed suicide on October 21, 2017 after having been the victim of a rape at a church in Tampa.  Read more here.   The community will come together in order to mourn their passing and be a voice for them for truth and justice.

SPECIAL MENTION

Many thanks to Abundant Life Ministries (Pastor Anthony McDaniel) and Tampa Bay Attorney James Souza for their significant financial contribution to Dusharn Weems’ funeral service.  Pastor McDaniel will be conducting the body committal and attending the candle light vigil.  Many thanks also to all those who contributed, large and small, some who did so even though challenged financially.  Thank you.

 

 
 
 

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