Tampa Bay activists will hold rally demanding state attorney drop charges against protester

The rally is set to happen on September 13th at 12:30 p.m.

click to enlarge Jamie Bullock and supporters gather outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse after a hearing in August. - Justin Garcia
Justin Garcia
Jamie Bullock and supporters gather outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse after a hearing in August.

This week, the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office (SAO) moved a hearing for their case against Black Lives Matter protester Jamie Bullock to a later date. In response, activists plan to rally at the Hillsborough County Courthouse Monday at 12:30 p.m. to demand that the SAO drop the charges.

The SAO’s office was set to defend its silencing “Motion in Limine'' on September 13 in court. The motion seeks to limit what Bullocks’ defense can talk about during her upcoming hearing. It would ban mention of the constitutionality of protests, the right to free speech, and police conduct, among six other crucial aspects of Bullock’s defense.

Supporters plan to gather at the courthouse in support of Bullock, who was arrested on the 4th of July last year and faces up to five years in prison for a felony and two misdemeanors.

Although the hearing was moved, activists have decided to rally on Monday instead to call on SAO Andrew Warren to drop the charges against Bullock. Leading up to the protest, more than 1,600 people have asked the SAO’s office to drop the charges on a change.org petition. 

“Jamie’s rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are clearly being infringed upon because she dared to struggle this summer in the fight for Black Liberation,” PSL Tampa Bay, a group helping organize the protest, wrote in a press release.

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay has now written six stories about the case and found through video footage disturbing evidence showing police plowing into the crowd of protesters where Jamie was that day. A TPD officer said, “Try to get charges on somebody if you can,” just before Bullock was arrested, among other findings. 

Grayson Kamm, Chief Communications Officer at the SAO’s office told CL several times that they couldn’t comment on the situation because of the ongoing trial. Kamm did recently give a comment to the Tampa Bay Times who published a follow-up story, saying, “One of these defendants put their hands on a police officer, and the other threw an object at an officer—and those are things you just can’t do.”

Kamm added that the office will “continue to seek a fair and just outcome for everyone involved.”

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About The Author

Justin Garcia

Justin Garcia previously wrote for the USA Today Network, The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Scalawag Magazine, and various other news outlets. When he's not writing, Justin likes to make music, read, play basketball and spend time with loved ones. 

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