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Protests planned across San Diego County to cap weekend of peaceful demonstrations

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 21:00:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- More Black Lives Matter protests planned for Sunday are expected to draw thousands of supporters across the county rallying against racial injustice and police brutality.

The weekend's countywide organized protests continue to see peaceful marches and demonstrations in San Diego, Chula Vista, Del Mar, and Encinitas.

The mixed-race demonstrators have shut down numerous streets and highways, sometimes for several hours.

On Sunday, one of the largest anticipated gatherings will descend on the east county city of Santee. Santee officials have issued a public advisory on potential road closures.

“Expect delays & take alternative routes if necessary. Report any suspicious activity to our Sheriff’s non-emergency line,” authorities tweeted.

Saturday's demonstrations were peaceful in contrast to last weekend amid this week's announcements by several law enforcement agencies promising reform and announcing the immediate end to the controversial carotid restraint neck hold.

In San Diego County, protests attracting the largest crowds have targeted areas such as San Diego Police Department headquarters in Downtown San Diego. La Mesa was also the scene of a massive protest following video of an altercation between a white police officer and a black man not long after Floyd's death.

And organizers have planned to rally against racial injustice in Santee. The city made national headlines in early May after a man wore a face-covering resembling a Ku Klux Klan hood inside a grocery store.

READ: San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. won't charge shopper who wore KKK-style hood at Santee store

The Memorial Day death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck until he passed out, sparked peaceful and violent protests that have ravaged many cities across the country.

Stay with 10News for updates on this developing story.