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St. Petersburg police arrest man selling bricks during MLK parade

ST. PETERSBURG — Among vendors selling chicken tenders and T-shirts during Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. festivities was a 56-year-old man selling bricks.

Police said Leroy Mckinney, of 1126 Highland St. S, pulled a hand cart with a blue milk crate filled with 10 bricks, each about 1 foot long and 3 inches wide.

McKinney tried selling and handing out the bricks around 4:30 p.m. "and was causing a safety concern," according to the arrest affidavit.

A police officer said he heard McKinney yelling phrases such as, "Get your bricks early," "get 'em now for the festivities," and "buy your bricks here."

Police arrested McKinney on a charge of disorderly conduct, saying his actions created a breach of peace amid the presence of "hundreds, if not thousands" of people and vehicles along Martin Luther King Street S.

St. Petersburg Police officer Chip Wells said it's common for bricks to be thrown at vehicles and people, and they have been used as a catalyst for incidences in the past.

McKinney was booked in the Pinellas County jail. He remained in jail as of Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $250 bail.

Police noted that McKinney has three prior convictions for disorderly intoxication.

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