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Corey Jones protestors move from mall to I-95 ramp

The group wasn't as large as many expected, but the small, peaceful crowd of Corey Jones supporters got their message across.

 "We are rallying for Corey. No one broken down on the side of the highway should lose their life waiting for a tow truck," protestor Pandora Hayes said.

The crowd of about fifty started their rally Saturday on the side of PGA Boulevard near the entrance to The Gardens Mall.

"This is my city. I was really appalled when everything took place the way it did so I wanted to come out and show support," protestor Mary Howarth said. This is Howarth's first protest shes ever attended.

A group of motorcyclists slowed traffic to a crawl along PGA so cars would have to notice the signs and hear the chants.

All the while, police looked on and interacted with the crowd with smiles and handshakes.

Then the crowd of protestors got in their cars and moved to the Interstate 95 off ramp where Corey Jones was killed by Officer Nouman Raja.

About twenty cars pulled onto the side of the highway and opened their hoods...a symbolic gesture to indicate they were broken down the same way Jones was.

"We are making a statement that we are Corey Jones. That this is the fear he had when he came here and he broke down," protest organizer Derrick McCray said.

Florida Highway Patrol and Palm Beach Gardens Police closed the off ramp, and then blocked off a lane so the protestors would have space to get their message out.

"The police have been very helpful. Not every police officer is bad. But at the same time you have cases across the nation of police brutality," Angela Davis said.

About an hour after arriving onto the interstate, the protest was over.

"We might do this again, we might not. It all depends if there is an indictment," McCray said.

The decision about whether to criminally charge Officer Raja could take months.

He was already fired by the Palm Beach Gardens Police department.

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