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Man detained for fighting after MLK march in Sacramento

A Sacramento man was detained for fighting in public at the Sacramento Convention Center Monday after the March for the Dream, Sacramento police said.

Joshua Kennedy, 23, engaged in a fight inside the Diversity Expo at the convention center around noon, said Matt McPhail, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department.

The convention center on J Street is advertised as the final celebratory gathering place for marchers who walked Sacramento streets Monday morning in honor of the late civil rights activist.

Kennedy engaged in a fight with a man inside the convention center, and then later outside the building, McPhail said.

Kennedy continued to fight until officers separated the two by striking him with a Taser and detaining him, McPhail added.

Firefighters arrived on scene to evaluate Kennedy’s medical condition, McPhail said. Kennedy was not injured, but as precaution, he was transported to a local hospital.

“He will likely be cited for a misdemeanor and released,” McPhail said. Kennedy will be cited for fighting in public and causing a disturbance.

Calling it a march, not a parade, Grant Union High School principal Darris Hinson said the problems facing black American kids and adults today are not a cause for celebration on MLK Day in 2017.

Angered by police shootings and other social issues, local black lives matter activists take to the streets, offering a counter protest to the tradition MLK march.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea

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