NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A town in Pasco County has fined people involved in recent racial justice protests thousands of dollars for using megaphones police say violate a local noise ordinance.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that officials in New Port Richey have issued 14 citations that total about $4,700 to at least five protesters.
Black Lives Matter activist Christina Boneta says she was fined more than $2,500 for using her megaphone. She was once arrested for refusing to sign a citation.
The protesters have stopped using megaphones but they still gather once or twice a week to spread a message of racial justice. Police and city officials declined comment.
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