SAN DIEGO — June 2, 2020 - 11:20 p.m.
For a fourth night in a row, hundreds of San Diego protesters joining in a nationwide spate of anti-police-brutality demonstrations marched, chanted and carried signs, calling for an end to racial inequities in law enforcement while remaining largely peaceful and orderly.
In Santee, authorities moved in on protesters who were violating curfew orders, but in downtown San Diego, it was a different story.
News 8's Abbie Alford reported that protesters were moving from the County City Administration building to City Hall.
Protesters have been loud, but there has been no violence, Alford reported from downtown San Diego. San Diego police have been escorting protesters.
Protesters have returned to the San Diego County Administration Building. The group is several hundred strong.
Protesters who gathered in Balboa Park and made stops in downtown San Diego have now made their way to San Diego City Hall on C Street. Hundreds of protesters were still gathered there peacefully at last check.
Protesters from Balboa Park have made their way to Downtown San Diego. A group of hundreds, possibly over 1,000, headed westbound on Broadway toward the Hall of Justice around before making their way to the San Diego County Administration Building located on Pacific Highway.
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Demonstrators gathered again on Tuesday morning at Balboa Park to call for justice for George Floyd and put an end to police brutality. The group marched downtown before returning to Balboa Park in the afternoon.
The group was made up of City College students as well as local San Diegans. They held up a variety of signs with different messages as drivers sped by on 6th Avenue. Some of the protesters took part in Monday’s march which was mostly peaceful for several hours.
The organizer from the group talked to News 8 about what their goal is saying, “The end goal honestly is to uproot the entire system. I mean, it’s the entire system of policing, it’s the entire system of, you know, white supremacy in our government. It’s America itself. That’s what has to change. It can’t be just police reform, it can’t be just putting, you know, more black people on the police force. It can’t be just those things because it is the system itself. That is what has to change.”
Several officers from San Diego Police watched from within the park as the group peacefully assembled. A California Highway Patrol officer even engaged in a conversation with some of the protesters.
Organizers said they purposefully didn’t advertise the event online so that agitators and counter-protesters wouldn’t show up and hijack their message.
Protests are also planned in Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch.