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Small group of protesters take to Capitol Mall and Tower Bridge in downtown Sacramento

Demonstrator who was injured and arrested during Stephon Clark protests in East Sacramento speaks out

Brandy Wood-Bains, a demonstrator who was injured and arrested during the Stephon Clark protests in East Sacramento on March 4, 2019, speaks out about her experience.
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Brandy Wood-Bains, a demonstrator who was injured and arrested during the Stephon Clark protests in East Sacramento on March 4, 2019, speaks out about her experience.

A few dozen protesters briefly demonstrated on Tower Bridge and along Capitol Mall on Thursday in downtown Sacramento, according to social media reports.

Capitol Mall between 5th and 6th streets was also closed from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday because of the first day of the Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market.

The marchers also made their way to Tower Bridge, which was briefly closed about 12:20 p.m. to allow a boat to pass beneath, according to Sacramento police spokesman Officer Marcus Basquez.

The small group was not believed to be connected with Black Lives Matter, but were protesting police conduct and use of force issues, which have been the subject of multiple protests since the shooting death of Stephon Clark.

It’s been almost two months since Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets of Sacramento en masse. The last major protest, in East Sacramento, resulted in the arrest of 84 people.

A film titled '"Gay ceremony marks opening of a huge bridge" shows a large crowd gathered to witness the opening of Tower Bridge over the Sacramento River on Dec. 18, 1935. California Governor Frank Merriam (1934-1939) presides over the ceremony.

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