Several hundred people rallied in City Heights on Friday night, marching to protest the fatal police shootings of Alton Streling in Louisiana on July 5 and Philando Castile in Minnesota on July 6.
There were no reports of arrests or violence during the protest, which included briefly blocking traffic on southbound Interstate 15.
From the Union-Tribune:
Demonstrators walked down the on-ramp from University Avenue about 8 p.m. and halted vehicles for about 10 minutes. According to a CalTrans San Diego tweet, the southbound lanes were shut down for about 30 minutes, presumably while people cleared.
The crowd had gathered near the City Heights Weingart Library and marched north on Fairmount Avenue, west on El Cajon Boulevard, south on 39th Street and west onto the on-ramp.
After moving up the ramp, the protestors headed east on University, then south on Fairmount to the San Diego police station at Landis Street. Outside the precinct, they held a sit-in and later voiced concerns and opinions about police brutality and racism.
Marchers said the culture of how police treat people of color needs to change.
“I want everyone to be treated fairly across the board,” explained Sammie Scales. I don’t want my heart rate to change when the police pull up behind me. I don’t want to get nervous.”
“Current police brutality and people being murdered by police recently is not a matter of individual decisions by police acting rationally and according to procedure,” said Jordan Mills, a member of the Party for Socialism and l Liberation and a college professor.
“We think it’s built into the system. That, in fact, there is structural racism in the United States,” Mills added.
These photographs were sent to us by Oren Robinson, with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) San Diego Chapter.