Uhurus protest in St. Pete over no indictment for Ferguson officer

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At noon Tuesday in St. Petersburg, about 100 protesters and onlookers voiced their outrage in the Missouri grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict the policeman who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager during the summer.

The police cordoned off Central Avenue from 3rd Street to 5th Street for the non-violent rally coordinated by the Uhuru movement. People of all ages and races protested and about 20 members of the Uhuru movement, mostly males, joined in the circular march at the intersection of Central Avenue and 5th Street.

Omali Yeshitela, chair of the African People’s Socialist Party, pleaded for a new grassroots movement to start which he hopes will put a stop to what he says are firearm crimes perpetrated by the police in St. Petersburg and throughout the US.