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Thousands take over San Diego's streets to join peaceful protests

Posted at 11:19 AM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 20:29:06-04

A group of demonstrators have gathered at Carlsbad Village Drive and are marching towards Carlsbad Boulevard.

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Several protests are planned Saturday throughout San Diego following week-long protests in the U.S.

Simultaneous protests began at roughly 10 a.m. in both Del Mar Heights and the County administration building. More than 3,000 gathered in downtown San Diego while roughly 300 demonstrated in Del Mar.

"The large group of 3000+ peaceful protestors have begun to march onto Ash St. They will be going North on 6th towards Hillcrest. We will be temporarily closing numerous streets to allow the march to continue," police said on Twitter.

"The group is still North on 6th Ave at Balboa Park. Traffic in Hillcrest will be impacted shortly. Motorists, please be patient and expect delays," the department added.

"I've been racially profiled four times throughout my life," said the protest's organizer, Charles Brown. "I want discussions, I want conversations, this cannot continue to happen."

Brown decided to plan the protest Tuesday.

The protest ended before 2 p.m. in front of the pride flag in Hillcrest.

"It symbolizes so much, it's very welcoming of anyone that wants to be accepted and I just thought that would be the perfect way to resolve today's event."

Brown said he was happy to see the protest remaining peaceful, but was left slightly disappointment by one thing.

"I was hoping that some of the civic leaders would have shown up today," he said. "So you can look your community in the eye and tell them exactly what you are feeling, I want you to tell them exactly the change that needs to happen."

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A third protests is scheduled to begin at the Torrey Pines Glideport around noon Saturday.

Mothers throughout Southern California are also planning to come together to stand for criminal justice reform at Civic Center Park on the 200 block of Civic Center Drive in Vista at noon.

Sky10 was up over several of the protests throughout the county. Watch video from the demonstrations below:

Protests scheduled Saturday follow a week of demonstrations throughout San Diego County.

Friday, events in Carlsbad and Escondido brought protesters to parks and street corners in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Similar events also took place in both San Diego and Oceanside.

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