Protests end peacefully, continued through rain in Downtown Tampa, St. Pete

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Protesters continued to gather in large groups on the streets of Downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg despite storms moving through Saturday night for the area’s latest demonstration in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Here are the latest updates from Saturday’s protests in Tampa Bay (all times ET):

11 p.m.: 8 On Your Side’s Melanie Michael spoke with one protester Saturday night who said the protests taking place across the Tampa Bay area is a moment in history she’ll never forget.

“It gives me chills. That’s one thing that I’ve always said that every time I come, this is probably my third or fourth protest I’ve participated in, and every time I always get chills,” said 25-year-old Serena Hodgson. “I want people to know that we support this matter. it’s important that we do. it really is. We are the future.

She also spoke with a local science teacher who is doing her part by participating in the protests.

“They are the future and this means the most to them,” said Lacie Conner. “I’m a science teacher and I know that if you do something now, it’s going to change the future.”

8 On Your Side’s Justin Schecker reported from St. Petersburg where peaceful protests took place despite heavy rain rolling in across the evening.

6 p.m.: 8 On Your Side’s Melanie Michael reports live from Curtis Hixon Park as the group of protesters continued to grow throughout the past three hours. She noticed in tonight’s group there was a lot of younger protesters in the crowd.

8 On Your Side’s Justin Schecker reports live from St. Petersburg where protesters are trying to keep the momentum going despite heavy rain moving through the area.

5:30 p.m.: The downtown crowd is continuing to grow, according to News Channel 8’s Melanie Michael. More protesters are arriving at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

4:40 p.m.: 8 On Your Side’s Melanie Michael is following a group of protesters walking along the Riverwalk and Kennedy Boulevard.

The group started at the Tampa Museum of Art, walked down Ashley Drive, turned onto Kennedy Boulevard but eventually turned back to walk on the Riverwalk.

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