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Uhurus blast Crist, Rouson and others



ST. PETERSBURG-- The Uhuru Movement slams everyone from Gov. Charlie Crist to state Rep. Darryl Rouson in an flier they are passing around this week that calls for justice in the fatal shooing of a Gibbs High student earlier this summer.

The Uhurus rarely say anything positive about any elected officials, so this isn't a surprise. But the insults are particularly jarring this time.

The flier calls Rouson, County Commissioner Ken Welch and City Council member Wengay Newton "black puppets" and "African middle class sellouts" for sending out a letter urging the community to let the Javon Dawson investigation run its course and not resort to violence Monday morning.

Barely 24 hours later, Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe released a report clearing Officer Terrence Nemeth, 24, in using deadly force against 17-year-old Dawson during a rowdy graduation party June 7.

Rouson, Newton and Welch "openly betrayed the African community to benefit their own careers" the Uhurus state.

The Uhurus diss Crist, who called on the FDLE to review McCabe's investigation Tuesday.

Crist's request "was clearly designed to take the heat off of him while he tries to become U.S. vice president," the flier states.

Newton, at least, shrugged off the insults.

"I wouldn't put it past them," he said. "That's what they do to try to get more attention."

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:33am]


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