St. Pete protesters rally around Mike Brown shooting

St. Petersburg, Florida — It's been two weeks to the day since unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Saturday Bay Area protesters took to the pavement, marching for justice for Brown, and two other African-American men killed by police in St. Petersburg.

Chants of "black people united will never be defeated," and "jail the killer cop now," echoed through the streets of St. Petersburg Saturday afternoon.

As crowds sourced funds for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's legal defense surge to more than $300,000, several dozen protesters braved a nearly 20 block march in oppressive heat from Uhuru House in south St. Petersburg to St. Petersburg police headquarters.

"We're here to show our unity with our African brothers and sisters in Ferguson," said Chimurenga Waller, President of the International People's Democratic Uhura Movement in St. Petersburg. "We do that with the full knowledge that we've had our own Ferguson."

He's talking about Tyron Lewis, killed by St. Petersburg police in 1996. The incident sparked major riots in the city.

"We have to stand up and demand an end to these killings," Waller said.

When 10 News reached out to St. Petersburg's new police chief Anthony Holloway to see if he would speak to the marchers, the department said there would be no comment.

To Waller, that's unacceptable.

"There's never been a cop indicted, charged, for killing an African ever in this city."

The chants went on outside of St. Pete Police Department.

"We're fired up, we ain't takin' no more!" shouted the protesters.

Waller said he wants more for St. Pete, and the people of Ferguson.

"We have to have an elected police review board that has subpoena power, investigative power," he said.

"Stop police terror in the black community."


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