Brick seller arrested during MLK parade

Jan. 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Police in St. Petersburg, Fla., said they arrested a man during Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations for selling bricks "for the festivities."

Police said Leroy McKinney, 56, was seen among the street side vendors during Monday's parade attempting to sell bricks, which each measured about 1 foot long and 3 inches wide, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Wednesday.

A police officer who spotted McKinney at about 4:30 p.m. said the vendor was shouting phrases including "get your bricks early," "get 'em now for the festivities" and "buy your bricks here."

The officer wrote in his arrest affidavit that McKinney "was causing a safety concern." The affidavit said the suspect created a breach of peace among the "hundreds, if not thousands" of people lining the streets.

McKinney was charged with disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Pinellas County jail and bail was set at $250.

St. Petersburg Police officer Chip Wells said past incidents involving bricks include property damage and injuries from the objects being thrown.

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