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Hundreds gather to show solidarity with Minneapolis at Sacramento rally

The protest was organized by Black Lives Matter Sacramento. Many protesters held signs, some that read 'I can't breathe.'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 12:31 a.m. update:

Following a clash between police and protesters at the intersection of Franklin Boulevard and 12th Avenue, a small group of protesters jumped onto Highway 99 southbound at the 12th Avenue overpass. They blocked lanes of traffic for several minutes.

Law enforcement officers arrived shortly afterward, searching for protesters who entered the highway, as seen on this Caltrans camera.

Law enforcement officers also blocked off entrance and exit ramps to Highway 99 at the same overpass as protesters gathered on the bridge, making their way back to the starting point at Oak Park Market at 12th Avenue and 33rd Street in the Sacramento Oak Park neighborhood.

This happened after hundreds of protesters spent about three hours peacefully demonstrating outside the Sacramento Police Department on Franklin Boulevard in South Sacramento's North City Farms neighborhood.

Some protesters started heading back north along Franklin Boulevard around 10 p.m.

9:21 p.m. update:

Demonstrators hoisted a flag that said "Black Lives Matter" in front of the Sacramento Police Department on Franklin Boulevard.

7:30 p.m. update:

Protesters are gathering at the Sacramento Police Department's facility on Franklin Boulevard.

Original Story:

More than one hundred people are attending a protest in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood as a way to show solidarity with protesters in Minneapolis and across the country, after the death of Geroge Floyd in police custody. 

The rally started Friday evening outside Oak Park Market. Many protesters held signs that read "I can't breathe."

Credit: ABC10

"We're out here with solidarity with Minneapolis right now but we are also there for the lives taken locally," Black Lives Matter Sacramento Founder Tanya Faison told ABC10. "If it was us that did that to someone we'd be in jail."

George Floyd died after being pinned for minutes beneath Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin's knee on Monday. The deadly arrest was caught on video and shows the officer kneeling on the man's neck as Floyd begs for help, saying "I cannot breathe." 

Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter. Three officers involved in Floyd's arrest are under investigation and he anticipates charges against them as well. 

Floyd's death sparked protests not just in Minneapolis, but across the country. 

"George was murdered by the Minneapolis Police Department with a knee on his neck while crying that he couldn't breathe," read the Facebook event details of the Black Lives Matter Sacramento protest planned for Friday night in Oak Park. 

The protest will begin at 6 p.m. near the Oak Park Market on 12th Avenue.

"We will be showing solidarity with our comrades on the ground in Minneapolis fighting for justice for George Floyd," Black Lives Matter Sacramento wrote on Facebook.

With COVID-19 still a concern, the group asks participants to wear a mask and hope to practice social distancing.  



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