Tampa Police Collect Violate Privacy Of Thousands Of Innocent People While Searching For Criminal

TAMPA, Fla. - The arrest affidavit for the suspected serial killer in Seminole Heights suggests the Tampa Police Department obtained mass amounts of cell data from providers like AT&T in an attempt to locate the man who murdered four people over the course of five weeks.

That would likely include phone records from thousands of innocent Seminole Heights residents who happened to be in the area.

Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, was charged with four counts of felony first-degree murder in the killings of Benjamin Mitchell on Oct. 9, Monica Hoffa on Oct. 11, Anthony Naiboa on Oct. 19 and Ronald Felton on Nov. 14.

But Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said Wednesday that Donaldson was unknown to police prior to Tuesday afternoon. So the cell records collected by TPD would have likely been from "tower dumps," where cell phone providers give law enforcement all the data on phones....

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