On Friday, September 10th, at a follow up protest aimed at having a representative from the Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office speak to the protestors and family and explain how the investigation is going regarding the death of Lavonia, Tampa Police Department endangered the whole group of protestors and arrested two of our members, Stuart from our Bay Area Dream Defenders SquaDD and our Field Director, Char Singleton. As the protesters made their way from one side of the Police Department to the other, Tampa PD created a human wall made up of officers and bicycles. The protesters merely walked around that wall, as the Tampa PD formed the second wall, they began to shove protestors to the ground using their bodies and bicycles.
If you're as mad as we are about this injustice, help our members defend themselves from these attacks by donating to the legal help fund right now. At this point, every bit counts.
Not far from the scene, Char was on the sidewalk assessing the situation and asking witnesses to record when Police approached her and told her she could not stand on the sidewalk. She explained this was her right then, moments later after she evaded the hands of a police officer, four officers approached her and aggressively arrested her.
As she was screaming for help, Stuart saw her being arrested and ran over to make sure she was okay, that was when 6 police officers tackled Stuart while he had his hands up and was not resisting.
They were both arrested. They were both charged. They were both targeted.
Stuart and Char are out now, but are facing serious charges. We ask that you support them and donate to help with legal support in the form of legal representation and any court fees associated to both their cases.
All donations will be tagged under a legal support fund that will directly go to helping our members get legal help in situations like the one Char and Stuart are facing. The organization will not benefit from nor use these funds for any operational purposes.