Tampa, Florida -- A group of protesters from Bay Area Activist Coalition rallied and blocked traffic outside the George B. Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa Monday morning in support of a teen girl who was severely injured last September during a struggle with a school resource officer.
Brittany Overstreet, 17, was attending Chamberlain High School when she was accused of becoming combative and aggressive toward school administrators when asked to search her backpack for mace. A struggle ensued, leaving Overstreet with a fractured jaw and concussion.
"It was excessive force," said protester Crystal Wilson. "There was no mace found on Brittany, and they took her and slammed her twice."
Overstreet was charged by the state attorney's office with resisting without violence, battery and disrupting a school function. However, Overstreet denied allegations that she attacked the school resource officer, and said she believes she is a victim of police brutality.
"I just hope all of them learn from this, and hopefully they can come out of the school and really have the police do more training," said Overstreet.
Protesters said they want justice for Overstreet, expressing that she is a kid and not a criminal. They calling for the charges to be dropped and the school resource officer to be fired.
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