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]