Protests continue for man shot and killed by HCSO deputy

The shooting drew a protest in Tampa on Monday.

TAMPA -- Family members and activists calling for the indictment of a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy who shot unarmed Levonia Riggins during a SWAT raid blocked traffic on 78th Street in the latest round of protests on Monday.

Around 30 protesters -- including Black Lives Matter activists and Riggins' family members -- carried banners and signs proclaiming "Justice for Daddyman," referring to Riggins' nickname.

Protestors say they won’t stop until they get answers.

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Today's march is the fifth day of protests in the Clair-Mel community, which is dealing with the impact of Riggins' death during the drug raid on Riggins home on August 29.

Riggins was shot by Dep. Caleb Johnson, after HCSO said Riggins refused to leave his house and the SWAT team prepared entry through a window. Riggins allegedly jumped up and moved his hands to his waistband, according to HCSO's Col. Donna Lusczynski.

No firearm was recovered at Riggins' residence. The deputy, Caleb Johnson, has been put on administrative leave and the shooting is being investigated.

Riggins family says that is not enough.

“He’s been in this neighborhood since he was 6-years-old. Our whole family just wants answers. We want to know what happened,” says Carniellius Branton, Levonia’s brother.

Leaders called for calm on Friday after protests and rioting resulted in fires and vandalism. 

Today's protest carries the same refrain: Riggins was unarmed and Johnson was not justified in shooting him. Johnson, a seven-year veteran with HCSO, is on routine paid leave while the investigation proceeds. The protesters want to see Johnson charged with Riggins' death.

Deputies watched from the sidelines as the march made its way along 78th Street. Traffic was blocked along Causeway Boulevatrd and Rideout Road as the march progressed.

Protests have taken place since last Thursday.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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