St. Petersburg Police Press Release

Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-7550


For Immediate Release
Report number: N/A
Date of original release: 05-30-20


Update Midnight:

All protests have ended in St. Petersburg. No damage or injuries reported. One person was arrested for jumping on a car.

About 300 protesters gathered outside the St. Petersburg Police Department for several hours this afternoon. The large group filled 1st Avenue North and officers kept traffic from interrupting them.

As the crowd dispersed, officers allowed traffic to move down 1st Avenue North. At that point one of the protestors jumped on the hood of one of the cars trying to get through. Officers arrested that one person.

A smaller group continued marching through downtown St. Pete and on MLK St. for several hours. There were no confrontations and no damage. The group eventually returned to P.D.

Currently about 30 protestors remain outside Police Headquarters chanting.

“We respect and support the right for people to protest peacefully, however we will draw the line when protestors break the law or threaten the safety of the residents of our city,” said Anthony Holloway, Chief of Police.

“We don’t tolerate abuses of power, police brutality, or injustice. We also don’t tolerate violent protests. Protest peaceably, protest with a purpose, and we will support you,” Rick Kriseman, Mayor of St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Police Media Relations - (727) 893-7550
YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer