Black Lives Matter group marches through Tampa

- Joining several cities across the country, protesters took to the streets of Tampa on Monday in response to the shootings of two black men by police officers last week.

"I was outraged, I was hurt, just saddened with the way both of them were killed," said Chielle Thompson, referring to the shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

"When police commit a crime under oath, they're sent on leave with pay. When we commit a crime against another person or just in any situation, we go straight to jail," said Thompson.

She joined more than 100 others for the Black Lives Matter protest at Lykes Gaslight Park in front of Tampa Police headquarters on Franklin Street.

Less than an hour into the protest, the diverse group flooded Kennedy Boulevard, marching to Ashley Drive.

They blocked traffic along the way. Tampa Police had officers manning the side streets to block cars as the protesters walked down Ashley Drive.

Police eventually stopped the group forming a barricade with their bodies at the intersection of Ashley and Tyler Street, just before they could walk onto the onramp for Interstate 275.

Protesters sat down in the roadway chanting, "Black Lives Matter." Leaders of the group said they planned to wait out police.

After more than an hour, protesters got up and marched back down the roadway, ending the protest back at Gaslight Park.

They said their goal was to remain peaceful and bring awareness to the issues black people face in America each day.

"As Martin Luther King said, any injustice to anyone is a threat to justice to everyone. Right now, proportionately, the injustice is to the minorities, specifically the black communities," said Glen Eich.

"Police have grown accustomed to a certain demographic, so when they step outside to another demographic, a lot of them are on edge. A lot of them are very fearful," said Derrick Grace.

Many of the protesters said they are hopeful that by using their voices and standing together against violence, they will see change in community and police relations.

"Right now, it's like somebody is mortally wounded. You don't look at his over health. You have to fix the wound first," said Eich.

The protest ended with no arrests.

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