Bodycam video shows arrest made during protest

On 8/12/20, around 7:00 p.m., two groups gathered downtown to express their First Amendment Rights.

The "Tampa People's Protest" group gathered on the steps of City Hall, with approximately 40 people in attendance. At the same time, a "Back the Blue" group gathered on Franklin Street, near police headquarters, with roughly 20 people attending.

During these protests, both groups approached each other on Franklin St and a verbal confrontation took place.

During this verbal exchange, the defendant, Passmore, pushed the victim from behind. The victim contacted officers and an investigation was conducted, with both the victim and a witness providing sworn statements.

Officers watched the defendant and later made contact with her, on Kennedy Blvd, away from the large group. Officers attempted to place her into custody at which time she began to resist arrest by pulling away from the arresting officers. The defendant then fell onto the ground as she was being taken into custody. Handcuffs were placed on her as she continued to resist.

While on scene, the original battery victim made a positive identification of Passmore as the person who struck him. Officers requested Tampa Fire Rescue, who then responded to the scene and transported Passmore to St. Joseph hospital after she complained of hip pain. At the hospital, Passmore was issued a notice to appear in court for the battery charge and the resist arrest without violence charge.

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By: Juggernaut (20475.90)

Tags: law enforcement, protest, arrest

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