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Protests across Tampa: 'Back the Blue,' Black Lives Matter rallies

Traffic was blocked on Bayshore Boulevard as protesters walked onto the roadway.

TAMPA, Fla. — Protests continued for a third weekend across the Tampa Bay area, with many people showing up to "Back the Blue" while more walk down Bayshore Boulevard for Black Lives Matter.

The demonstrations follow the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 in Minneapolis police custody. Since then, protests and unrest nationwide have amplified the issue of racial injustice in the U.S.

A "Back the Blue" Facebook event garnered the attention of a people who later gathered Saturday morning at Hillsborough Community College. Its ralliers wanted to show support to law enforcement officers.

Credit: Robert Ba

Elsewhere, people marched from Fred Ball Park and onto Bayshore Boulevard in support of Black Lives Matter. Traffic was blocked during this demonstration.

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A separate rally took place at the North Port Police Department's headquarters when a group showed up with signs honoring officers. 

"We work hard every day for all. We’re not perfect but we’re always willing to listen and improve, for ourselves and those we have the privilege to serve," the department wrote on Twitter.

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