Hundreds of people held a rally and are marching through the streets of San Francisco today to protest police brutality, according to the San Francisco police and reports on social media.
Sgt. Monica MacDonald said the march started around 1 p.m. in Union Square. Some demonstrators marched along the Embarcadero, prompting road closures from Washington Street to Mission Street, MacDonald said.
The marchers stopped at Civic Center, where several speakers addressed the crowd, including the families of Alex Nieto and O’Shaine Evans, according to reports on Twitter. Both men died this year in San Francisco after police shot them.
The demonstrators then started moving down Market Street. As of around 4:30 p.m., MacDonald said there were no reports of vandalism or property damage and she didn’t know if there had been any arrests.
The demonstration in San Francisco coincides with the “Million March,” a series of protests around the country denouncing police brutality.
Some 1,200 people marched in Oakland this afternoon and rallied in front of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse before walking to Frank Ogawa Plaza, according to Oakland police.
Another contingent of demonstrators rallied in Berkeley and then marched down Telegraph Avenue before meeting up with protesters in Oakland.
Bay City News