Florida arrested a 13-year-old child wearing a bisexualPride flag during a pro-choice protest for using a bullhorn on July 4.
Officers in Lakeland, east of Tampa, charged Lillie "Rain" Johnson with a second-degree misdemeanor for violating a noise ordinance related to a newly enacted state law, according to
Miami's NBC affiliate WTVJ.
A viral video on TikTok shows the girl being arrested by Lakeland police. The clip has been viewed more than 7 million times.
In the video, two police officers grab the child by the arms and escort them to a police car. One officer appears to be carrying a rainbow flag that has been confiscated. Rain's mother, Lauren Johnson, can be heard yelling in the background.
Police refused to answer questions from the crowd about why Rain was under arrest and what the officers' names were.
Attendees described the protest as peaceful.
"We had people share their stories about how overturning
Roe v. Wade affected them and how they feel that the decision is wrong," Lauren said in another TikTok video that's been viewed almost 100,000 times. "They were standing up and using microphones."
As the officers became frustrated with the use of microphones and megaphones, they focused on the young girl at the front of the rally, Lauren explained.
"[My child] had a bullhorn, and she was screaming 'my body my choice,'" Johnson said in the video. "When [the officers] came around the corner, they decided that they were going to make her the target and arrest her."
Police escort her away with an LGBTQ+ Pride flag draped around her.