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Protesters march outside Jane Castor campaign office ahead of Tampa mayoral election

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Posted at 11:03 PM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 23:30:21-05

TAMPA, Fla. — A couple dozen people marched outside the campaign office of former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.

Castor is one of seven candidates vying to become the next mayor of the City of Tampa.

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Patti Silliman was at the center of Monday night's protest, warning voters just one week out from Election Day.

“Jane Castor is not a candidate for mayor, she could not run the police department correctly, she could not run our city," said Silliman.

Silliman's son, Jason Westcott, was killed in 2014 by two Tampa Police officers during a raid for drugs. A confidential informant told Tampa Police investigators that Westcott was an armed drug dealer.

Silliman sued the City of Tampa, the officers involved, and then-police chief Jane Castor.

"She covered up, pretty much, my son's death," said Silliman.

The state attorney cleared both officers of any wrongdoing.

In a crowded and competitive race, the Tampa-native is touting her experience climbing TPD's ladder to the top over the course of three decades.

"I know the neighborhoods," Castor told ABC Action News reporter Carson Chambers. "I’ve patrolled every inch of this city for 31 years. I also understand the issues, I’m an effective problem solver and a proven leader.”

ABC Action News reached out to Castor's campaign for comment about Monday night's protest but we have not heard back.