CLAIR-MEL — Upset about a SWAT deputy's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, protesters gathered Saturday for a fifth consecutive night in this predominantly black community just southeast of Tampa.
More than 40 people met up outside the Get-N-Go convenience store where 22-year-old Livonia "Daddyman" Riggins worked parttime before being shot by Deputy Caleb Johnson Tuesday after a sheriff's SWAT team descended on the Clair-Mel home where he lived. Officials feared he may have been armed, and the deputy fired as Riggins reportedly reached for his waistband.
A few protesters held up signs that read "RIP Daddyman" and "Jail killer cops." A dozen HCSO deputies were posted at two different locations across the street.
"There's going to be protests every night until the nation knows about it," said Teraill Cox, who was a friend of Riggins for the past 12 years.