Tony Marrero, Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

Tony Marrero

Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

A Baltimore native, I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1998 and have been a reporter here for nearly that long. I joined the Times in 2009 and have covered beats ranging from from education to criminal courts. I now cover breaking news and general assignment stories in the Tampa bureau, which means I never know exactly what will come my way on any given day. I like that variety and enjoy digging to tell readers more about the big stories of the day.

Hillsborough's sheriff is exploring body-worn cameras. But how often would they be recording?

Officer Bradley Krygier of the Tampa Police Department demonstrates a body-worn camera last month. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is now considering purchasing  cameras for its deputies. Sheriff Chad Chronister said he wants a system that automatically activates the cameras when deputies draw their guns. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Sheriff Chad Chronister said his first priority is to find an affordable system that ensures cameras are rolling when his deputies draw their guns. Beyond that, he said he's "open-minded."

Woman shot by Hillsborough sheriff's deputy during undercover operation files lawsuit

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office investigators work at the scene of a shooting that happened Feb. 6, 2018 during an undercover operation in the parking lot of the Home Depot, 9941 E Adamo Drive. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court on July 12, an undercover deputy shot 19-year-old Racquel Marie Sanchez in the leg as deputies were trying to buy a gun from her boyfriend. Sanchez is now suing the deputy, Dean Greene II, and Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister. [TONY MARRERO   l   Times (2018)]
Racquel Marie Sanchez complied with commands to show her hands before the deputy fired his AR-15 rifle, hitting her in the leg, the lawsuit says.

Passenger killed when SUV crashes into tree in Plant City, deputies say

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The driver of the 2006 Saturn was heading south on Wiggins Road when the crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday.

Pro-Trump tweet on Tampa Police Department account a 'mistake' by employee, spokesman says

This tweet by President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager appeared on the Tampa Police Department’s official Twitter account on Wednesday. A department employee inadvertently liked and retweeted the tweet, spokesman Steve Hegarty said. [Twitter]
A tweet from President Trump’s campaign manager got a “like" and retweet from the official @TampaPD account. The employee thought it was a personal account.

Topher Morrison, who championed pedestrians in run for mayor, gets pepper-sprayed by driver

He could use his mouth if not his eyes after he was pepper-sprayed by a driver so Topher Morrison took to Facebook live in a plea for civility. [Facebook]
With sore eyes shut, the downtown resident took to Facebook Live to plead for people to ‘take it down a notch’ in the competition for space on the streets