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Tampa protests Ferguson grand jury failure to indict killer cop

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November 25, 2014
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Tampa protest demands justice for Mike Brown
Tampa protest demands justice for Mike Brown (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Tampa, FL - Over 60 people gathered at the Hillsborough Courthouse located on Twiggs Avenue in downtown here Nov. 25, to protest the injustice against Mike Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. Lightning, thunder and a constant downpour could not stop protesters from expressing their anger.

Organized by the group Anonymous Florida, in the course of less than 24 hours, people made posters on the spot that read, "Jail the killer cop!" and "Black lives matter!"

On Nov. 24, under the direction of Saint Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, the grand jury decided to let Mike Brown's killer, officer Darrel Wilson, walk free without an indictment. Immediately, people all over the country came out to fight back against this injustice.

Melanie Andrade of Dream Defenders said, "I drove more than two hours in the pouring rain. Nothing, not even the rain, could stop me from coming out to protest this injustice!"

The crowd chanted, "No justice, no peace! No racist police!" and "Hands up, fight back!" led by community activist Connie Burton. Leaders from a range of groups joined together, including Tampa Food Not Bombs, Raices en Tampa, and Dream Defenders. More actions are planned.

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