Tampa Solidarity Protest

People marched and held a Victory Rally in Baltimore Saturday after six police officers were charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in April. Gray’s death was ruled a homicide and he was illegally arrested, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Friday after conducting her  investigation.

A group also gathered Saturday afternoon in downtown Tampa for a solidarity rally and to restate that “Black Lives Matter.” Organizers also said they wanted to draw attention to  poor education, social and economic opportunities in their communities. Some carried signs to protest police brutality. The group also did some street theater in front of the Tampa Police headquarters to draw attention to the deaths of several African American males.

When asked about the criminal charges against the six officers in Baltimore, Ali Muhammad of the new St. Petersburg-Tampa Black Panthers, was skeptical.

“The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. There’s a Baltimore in every city in America. Those charges won’t stick,” said Muhammad.

Tampa Police were nearby and at a distance as the group expressed their concerns.

After their rally, the demonstrators peacefully disbanded and left Tampa Police headquarters. They also went to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

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