Tampa Police Charge Seven After Protest on Dale Mabry
Police said protestors blocked traffic on Dale Mabry Highway for more than an hour.
TAMPA – Officers arrested seven demonstrators who, they said, were blocking traffic along Dale Mabry Highway during a protest, according to the Tampa Police Department.
Police also issued Notices to Appear to two other demonstrators.
There were no injuries but two vehicles were damaged.
Those arrested and the charges:
- Jkhari Wilson, 21, Violation of City Ordinance 14-41- Assemblies, Blocking Streets and SIdewalks, Criminal Mischief, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.
- Chukwudi Uche, 22, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, City Ordinance 14-41, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.
- Jamie Bullock, 21, CO 14-41, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest without Violence.
- Cierra Bates, 21, CO 14-41, Battery LEO.
- Rebecca Gibbs, 26, CO 14-41, Resisting Arrest without Violence.
- Jordan Wright, 24, Flee to Elude, Resisting Arrest without Violence.
- Ahmed Osman, 22, CO 14-41.
Issued Notices to Appear:
- Nia Burton, 22, CO 14-41, moving citations.
- Quinton Lore, 29, CO 14-41, moving citations.
Police said participants of a planned protest gathered in the Walmart parking lot at 1505 N Dale Mabry Highway before walking towards the intersection of N Dale Mabry and W Spruce Street.
About 12:21 p.m., approximately 40 participants on foot and several more in vehicles entered the intersection. Officers said their actions immediately caused the normal flow of traffic, both northbound and
southbound, to come to a stop. The protesters then erected a large plywood sign. While the intersection was blocked, vehicles were not able to travel and traffic continued to back up. Several citizens called the Tampa Police Department to complain about the traffic obstruction.
Police said they issued the first dispersal messageabout 12:56 p.m. When the participants refused to disperse, second and third messages were issued. About 1:01 p.m. police said they issued a fourth message was broadcast for participants to disperse. Several more dispersal orders followed.
Tampa Police Aviation said about 100 people were actively in the intersection, blocking the flow of traffic for more than an hour.
Participants refused law enforcement commands to disperse, continuing to block the free flow of traffic along Dale Mabry. Police said the dispersal messages provided the participants ample time to disperse and cease their criminal behavior.
At about 1:28 p.m., officers said they identified organizers and leaders of the protest to arrest them for violation of City Ordinance 14-41 – Assemblies, Blocking Streets and SIdewalks.
About 1:29 p.m. officers said objects were being thrown at them. Backup officers then responded to the scene.
While trying to arrest one person, police said they were surrounded and a large group that began to close in on the arresting officers and the officers who were working to provide security.
Members of the group began pushing against bike officers, who deployed two short bursts of O.C. spray to push the group back. This was immediately effective and, police said, ensured officer safety, and allowed officers to safely conduct the arrests.
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