TAMPA (FOX 13) -
Dozens gathered at Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa Saturday afternoon, chanting and holding signs in support of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The Ferguson, Missouri teen was reportedly unarmed when he was gunned down by a police officer August 9.
Demonstrators, who came with various local civil rights and religious groups, say his race made him a target.
"It doesn't matter that it happened in Ferguson," said Fulei Ngangmuta, a protestor. "This is the stuff that happens every single day with us. It happens every day."
The protest started outside and eventually moved into the lobby of the Tampa Police Department.
Dream Defenders, one of the participating organizations, says its main demand is the arrest of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown.
"There's been a murder, and no one's been arrested for it. Mainly because the murderer is of the police department," said Aleckos Zambrano, a protester representing the Dream Defenders.
The protesters also wanted to request Tampa police records to find out how many ethnic minorities are being stopped, frisked, arrested and detained. They are also calling for the implementation of front-facing cameras for Tampa police officers.
Most of all, demonstrators say they just wanted to stand in solidarity with those calling for justice in Ferguson.
"This for me is an obligation," said Ngangmuta. "My black brothers and sisters are dying, and everybody else should be out here protesting saying, 'We need justice.' When will a black life matter in this country?"
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