Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement held a third rally in Sacramento on Sunday, responding to two killings of African American men by law enforcement.
The Sacramento ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) partnered with local members and supporters of the Black Lives Matter chapter for a rally at Franklin Boulevard and Florin Road, carrying posters that read “Jail All Racist Killer Cops” and “Justice for Alton and Philando.”
“I want the killing to end,” said Albert Alavardo, an Elk Grove resident who joined the protest and said he thinks the shooting deaths could have been avoided if law enforcement officials were given more training in apprehending individuals.
This was the third protest in response to the July 6 killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minn. Many protesters attended a rally Friday at the Capitol and about 100 gathered Saturday in Carmichael across the street from Scott Jones’ congressional campaign office.
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The death of Adriene Ludd was also protested by many of the rally participants Sunday.
Ludd, a Carmichael resident, was shot and killed by deputies after he pointed a weapon at officers after an Oct. 22 car chase.
There was no mention from protesters of the five Dallas police officers who were killed Thursday by a sniper during a protest.
While some on Sunday shouted, “How do you spell racist? S-P-D,” in reference to the Sacramento Police Department, Yeimi Lopez, 27, of Sacramento burned sage in the area in an effort at generating harmony.
Lopez said sage has been used by Native American tribes to cleanse negative energy. “It’s to prepare us to do the work that we need to do,” she said.
A California Highway Patrol news release urged protesters to follow pedestrian laws and to inform the public they would be patrolling the area.
About 50 protesters peacefully gathered at the intersection amid drivers, some of whom honked in support.
A CHP car passed by with windows down, its occupants waving, as chants of “hands up, don’t shoot!” and “we will win this” were yelled through loudspeakers.