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NAACP Meets With Tampa Police Chief Over Concerns On Serial Killer Investigation

Bishop Tonyia Rawls, the openly gay pastor of Charlotte's Sacred Souls Community Church and founder of The Freedom Center for Social Justice, raises her fist as the Reverend Doctor William Barber II (R), president of the NAACP's North Carolina chapter and leader of the "Moral Monday" civil rights protests, speaks against the state's HB2 "bathroom law" that restricts members of the LGBT community from using the bathroom of their choice, during a demonstration outside the state legislature in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 16, 2016. To match Feature USA-LGBT/BLACKS REUTERS/Jonathan DrakeBishop Tonyia Rawls, the openly gay pastor of Charlotte's Sacred Souls Community Church and founder of The Freedom Center for Social Justice, raises her fist as the Reverend Doctor William Barber II (R), president of the NAACP's North Carolina chapter and leader of the "Moral Monday" civil rights protests, speaks against the state's HB2 "bathroom law" that restricts members of the LGBT community from using the bathroom of their choice, during a demonstration outside the state legislature in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 16, 2016. To match Feature USA-LGBT/BLACKS REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

The Hillsborough County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter is hosting a Thursday meeting with the Tampa police chief to press him on how the department is handling the search for a suspected serial killer.

The NAACP chapter planned the event after receiving concerned phone calls on what procedures the Tampa police were using to find the potential serial killer. The organizers hope to give the public the opportunity to express concerns with the investigation, reports WTSP.

“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,” chapter president Yvette Lewis said. “We also want them to answer questions from the community … what are their plans to catch this guy?”

Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood is under heavy police surveillance, as a potential murderer may be on the loose. Police are hesitant to call the perpetrator a “serial killer,” but believe at least two of the killings share the same suspect. In light of the attacks, police have cautioned residents to be more careful.

Lewis also wants to know how the department will catch the killer without violating the rights of others.

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

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