Dream Defenders' Billboard Drawing Attention

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By: Kevin Clark
October 14, 2014 11pm

Tallahassee, FL - If you drive by the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Capital Circle SE, it's hard to miss.

A new billboard, advertising a boys' bulletproof vest.

The satirical ad is part of the Dream Defenders' campaign "Vote or Vest." It calls for people to use the power of democracy in order to stop police brutality.

Closer to home, it's a protest in response to the recent tasing of 61-year old Viola Young by TPD Officer Mahan.

"If Trayvon Martin had a bulletproof vest, he would be alive," said Regina Joseph of the Dream Defenders, "If Viola Young had a bulletproof vest, maybe she wouldn't have felt a taser going into her back."

The billboard is also drawing attention from citizens, but some question whether using a child was the correct way to get the message across.

"It's really sad that so many things have happened, but we're hoping that if we think clearly, as parents and adults, we'll know that billboard is not correct," said nearby witness Billy Hollaway.

We were unable to reach the Tallahassee Police Department for a comment.

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