Peaceful Black Lives Matter protests in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two Black Lives Matter protests in San Diego County were peaceful but didn’t lack passion.
A small protest was held in Downtown San Diego Saturday morning, gathering at the Convention Center before marching to Petco Park. It was an emotional scene with 50 to 60 people in coming together to rally following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. The lives lost in Dallas weren’t forgotten, either.
"We condemn the Dallas attacks. We can’t fight fire with fire. It’s important that, just because the police killings are happening, doesn’t mean we react and go kill police," Nate Howard, a leader in the group organizing the protest said. "At the same time we do think it’s important that we hold police accountable and acknowledge the racist, almost insidious systematic oppression that’s happening to people of color, to poor people, to people who are in these different communities."
Police worked with the group gathering in Downtown, helping maintain peace. The group embraced the police presence as the organized event went smoothly without any hitches. Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman was at the scheduled event to help ensure San Diegans had a safe environment around the meeting.
Another peaceful gathering was held at Cal State San Marcos, organized by the Black Student Union. These two protests were completely without incident, totally unlike protests we’ve seen in other parts of the country.