Local activists are planning a demonstration today at Sacramento County Main Jail in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.
The Sacramento demonstration is one of several planned nationwide to raise awareness of the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protests and looting have occurred on several nights since the shooting in the St. Louis suburb.
Sacramento organizer Christina Arechiga, whose cousin, Ernest Duenez Jr., was killed by a Manteca police officer in 2011, said she planned the demonstration as an act of solidarity with the people of Ferguson.
“The escalation of what’s happened in Ferguson has brought awareness to what’s happening – the terrorism of people at the hands of police,” Arechiga said. “We want our public officials to hear our cries.”
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The demonstration is expected to begin at 1 p.m. at the jail, 651 I St.