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FDLE to Probe Police Shooting

August 13th, 2008 by flanews

The police shooting of a 17 year-old St. Petersburg teen sent some 30 protesters to the state Capitol today. The death has already been ruled justifiable, but as Whitney Ray tells us, the angry protestors want the Governor to take another look at what they say was a racially motivated shooting.

Hear it Here: Crist Orders FDLE to Look Into Police Shooting

Armed with signs, tee shirts, and a mega phone family and friends of a slain St. Petersburg teen stormed the state Capitol.

Jail the killer cop, protesters chanted.

The group protested the Pinellas State Attorneys decision not to prosecute a police officer who killed 17 year-old Javon Dawson. State Attorney Bernie McCabe said the officer was acting within the law. Group organizers say theres a conflict of interest.

Since Javon was murdered by the police, Bernie McCabe has taken witness testimonials from the same St. Petersburg officer with whom he is working on 100 cases currently, said group organizer Diop Olugbala.

The activist crowed the Governors Office demanding to speak with Crist, and after waiting five minutes the group began chanting loudly. A spokesman for the Governor allowed four of the activists to meet behind close doors.

The group met with the Governors Chief of Staff of about 15 minutes. They came out with this letter asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into the case.

FDLE will take the appropriate time to do a through and exhausted review of the case, said Sterling Ivey, a Spokesman for the Governor

Although the activist never saw the Governor, they left the capitol satisfied. The irony is that the St. Pete group couldnt meet with the Governor because the Governor was in St. Petersburg.

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