TAMPA — Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick and Derrick Brooks Charities will hold a town hall meeting on the problem of black-on-black crime at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd St.
The meeting will include a discussion featuring former Tampa police Chief Bennie Holder, Wali Shabazz of the National Trust for Black Men, Keith Berry of Hillsborough Community College, Rechi Butler of the Get It Straight Foundation, grief experts Elliot and Darla Saunders and Tampa police Maj. Diane Hobley-Burney.
Reddick said Monday he was moved to organize the forum after Family Dollar store manager Horsley Shorter Jr. was shot dead during a robbery last month. The suspect, Demetrius Parks, is, like Shorter, black. Reddick said he was taken aback that, unlike the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, there was little outrage.
"No one did anything to say this should stop," he said. "I just felt at that time, something needed to be done."