WEST PALM BEACH, FL (AIP) – Residents of this town exploded into protest again Friday in a show of anger over the Police Shooting of Freddie Milton, a white 17-year old, by black police officer Mike Brennan Wednesday night following an armed home invasion robbery that Milton is suspected of committing.
“This community is outraged,” said retired city bookkeeper Max Spellman. “We demand justice for what’s his name.”
Over 60 protesters gather for a second straight day at Alice Mickens Park on 3rd street. They mostly walked around the park singly or in groups of two or three, muttering under their breaths and giving nearby police officers ‘the look’.
“You can almost taste the white rage,” said West Palm Beach Police Chief John Trumbo. “These folks are ready to explode.”
Reporters witnessed one of the protesters stand on a park bench and yell the word ‘justice’. Police rushed in and immobilized her, then bundled her off in a waiting squad car.
“They can protest all they want, that’s their right,” said Chief Trumbo. “But we won’t stand for crime.”
Protest leaders have organized a nationwide boycott of Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
“The killer cop’s name is Mike,” said boycott leader Carole Lombard. “Duh?”
A spokesman for Mike’s Hard Lemonade said that the company had not noticed the boycott.
Other residents have protested the shooting by not watering their lawns regularly. A small but loud group of angry residents have checked out books on botany from the West Palm Beach Public Library and are refusing to return them.
“We are given to understand that the victim like to smoke pot,” said book non-returner Kelly VanFleet. “This is our way of remembering him.”
Karl Milton, father of the dead boy, has called for calm.
“He was a little shit who burglarized damn near every home on this street,” said Milton. “He was a thug who deserved what he got.”
Protesters have vowed to return to Mickens Park on Saturday after most of them finish their rounds of golf.