On November 30, 1935, at about nine o'clock in the evening, a group of Tampa policemen, without a warrant, entered a home at 307 East Palm Avenue and seized six men who were holding a political meeting. Four of the six were members of the Socialist party. All belonged to the Modern Democrats, a new local party that had run candidates in the recent municipal election on a platform containing socialist ideas. Now, almost a month after their candidates had been defeated by incumbents, these leaders of the Modern Democrats were being taken to police headquarters for questioning about their alleged "Communist activities."
Ingalls, Robert P.
"The Tampa Flogging Case, Urban Vigiliantism,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 56:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol56/iss1/4