Local Black Lives Matter and back the blue demonstrators came face to face in South Tampa on Saturday. The meeting happened outside of a Howard Avenue CVS store, which is just a few blocks away from where a Sept. 15 auto collision led to the arrest of two protesters.
The same collision also involved a pharmacist who was driving home from work before she called 911 to complain about the protesters blocking traffic, express that she felt endangered and make clear that, If I have to, I'm going to run over them.
Tampas chief of police has since said that running protesters over is illegal. Its a good thing nothing illegal happened on Saturday, however, because State Attorney Andrew Warren (who recently dropped charges against protesters and proclaimed he wasnt charging muralists who illegally painted a back the blue mural in downtown Tampa) was in the wings just checking out the happenings. Heres a friendly reminder that theres no expectation of privacy when youre out protesting in public places. Ray Roa