Unannounced march down Tampa Street blocks traffic, but remains peaceful

Masked Freedom

Like many of the demonstrations during the RNC, everyone seemed to have a video recorder or camera.


Is it taunting or theater? Nathan Pim and another protester waved doughnuts in front of police officers II

Is it taunting or theater? Nathan Pim and another protester waved doughnuts in front of silent and steadfast police officers.


At times, the protest looked more like a press conference

At times, the protest looked more like a press conference.


Demonstrators continued to tell tales of police violence

Demonstrators continued to tell tales of police violence.


After about 45 minutes, the group walked back down Tampa Street against traffic. Law enforcement officials went along until the group reached Tyler Street. They told them that it was no longer safe, and that they needed to take a different route.
Protesters and police officers stared each other down for at least 20 minutes

Protesters and police officers stared each other down.


The face-off lasted about 20 minutes with the protesters silently glaring at officers. Officials eventually decided to let them proceed after they re-routed traffic on Tampa Street to the interstate. The face-off caused a backup on the exit from I-275.Phone home: A motorist uses his cell phone while waiting in traffic

Phone home: A motorist uses his cell phone while waiting in traffic.


Many of the protesters wore masks

Demonstrators walked back toward Romneyville.


The event ended peacefully at Romneyville, the encampment by the Army Navy Surplus Market on Tampa Street.

click to enlarge Protesters give accounts of police brutality during their demonstration in gaslight Park Wednesday night - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Protesters give accounts of police brutality during their demonstration in gaslight Park Wednesday night

Protesters in Lykes Gaslight Square Park give accounts of police brutality
On Wednesday night, protesters took to the streets for a nighttime march down Tampa Street. Starting at I-275 and ending at Lykes Gaslight Square Park, the unannounced march was quickly joined by law enforcement officials who escorted the group and stopped traffic.
Protesters begin their march near I-275 on Tampa Street

Protesters begin their march near I-275 on Tampa Street.

Protesters marched down Tampa Street toward Lykes Gaslight Square Park

Protesters marched down Tampa Street toward Lykes Gaslight Square Park.

Stories of Police Brutality

The participants peacefully sat in a circle in front of the Tampa police station, giving personal accounts of incidents of alleged police brutality.

Protesters raised their fists in a sign of solidarity

Protesters raised their fists in a sign of solidarity.

Eye in the sky-police officials use binoculars to watch the activity at gaslight Park in front of their headquarters

Police officials watched from upstairs with binoculars.

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