BY JABAAR EDMONDS, Contributor
ST. PETERSBURG – “I just want to go home” were the words used on a Facebook video posted by community activist Bro. John Muhammad that helped fuel the backlash from the police tactics last Monday, MLK Day 2018.
As many people celebrated the holiday enjoying the city-sanctioned parade, Day of Service projects and a fun day at Tropicana Field, Dr. Martin Luther King Street South from Fifth Avenue to 22nd Avenue and almost the whole CRA area was under what resembled Marshall Law. Many felt it was a crime scene, although there were no arrests made.
That fact leads many to ask, why? After photos and live video emerged, many community leaders were left in shock. These strong-armed tactics only highlighted a decades-old practice that reared its ugly head in the days of Jim Crow, where freedom of movement was restricted after the sun went down.
As the streets were cordoned off, residents were blocked from their homes and people coming to do business in the area were sent elsewhere. These restrictive practices were all a part of a plan to shut down the “after parade” and prevent people from congregating at these locations.