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Photos: ‘Courageous 12’ leader Freddie Crawford laid to rest

In 1965, when St. Petersburg Police Officer Freddie Lee Crawford wanted to sue the city for discriminating against its African-American police officers, he could find only 11 colleagues willing to go along with the suit.
Family and friends gather for the funeral of Freddie Crawford Saturday, June 01, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Crawford was the leader of a group of 11 officers, known as the "Courageous 12" who filed a lawsuit in Tampa federal court for the right to be treated equally with white officers. Crawford died on May 17, 2019. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
Published Jun. 1
The last living member of the "Courageous 12", Leon Jackson, is recognized at the funeral of Freddie Crawford, photo to right, Saturday, June 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Crawford was the leader of a group of 11 officers who filed a lawsuit in Tampa federal court for the right to be treated equally with white officers. Crawford died on May 17, 2019.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and police chief Anthony Holloway attend the funeral service for Freddie Crawford, one of the living members of the "Courageous 12," on Saturday, June 01, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
The casket containing the remains of Freddie Crawford' is seen during funeral services Saturday, June 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Crawford was the leader of a group of 11 officers who filed a lawsuit in Tampa federal court for the right to be treated equally with white officers. Crawford died on May 17, 2019.
The casket containing Freddie Crawford's remains is escorted by members of the Miami Dade Corrections Honor Guard during Crawford's funeral services Saturday, June 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Crawford was the leader of a group of 11 officers who filed a lawsuit in Tampa federal court for the right to be treated equally with white officers. Crawford died on May 17, 2019.
Family and friends of Freddie Crawford look on as a member of the Miami Dade Corrections Honor Guard holds a folded American flag during Crawford's funeral services Saturday, June 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Crawford was the leader of a group of 11 officers who filed a lawsuit in Tampa federal court for the right to be treated equally with white officers. Crawford died on May 17, 2019.
Joan Crawford-Louis, the daughter of Freddie Crawford, wipes her eye after the American flag which draped her father's casket, was presented to her during faather's funeral services Saturday, June 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Freddie Crawford was the leader of a group of 11 officers who filed a lawsuit in Tampa federal court for the right to be treated equally with white officers. Crawford died on May 17, 2019.
The casket containing the remains of Freddie Crawford is lifted into a hearse by the Miami Dade Corrections Honor Guard and his grandsons, as pallbearers, Saturday, June 01, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Crawford was the leader of a group of 11 officers who filed a lawsuit in Tampa federal court for the right to be treated equally with white officers. Crawford died on May 17, 2019.
Miami Dade Corrections Honor Guard members Corporal Jaqueline Lloyd, left, and Officer Angela Carter fold an American flag during funeral services for Freddie Crawford, a retired St. Petersburg police officer and leader of the "Courageous 12," Saturday, June 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Crawford lead a group of 11 officers who filed a lawsuit in Tampa federal court for the right to be treated equally with white officers. Crawford died o, n May 17, 2019.
Members of the Miami Dade Corrections Honor Guard fire a 21 gun salute during the funeral services for Freddie Crawford Saturday, June 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Crawford was the leader of a group of 11 officers who filed a lawsuit in Tampa federal court for the right to be treated equally with white officers. Crawford died on May 17, 2019.

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