2K protesters march peacefully to North Park calling for justice, police reform

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SAN DIEGO – An estimated 2,000 protesters marched Thursday from the San Diego Police Department headquarters downtown to North Park, calling for justice and law enforcement reform following the police killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

The demonstration began around 5 p.m. at the department located at 1401 Broadway.

“The unlawful actions represented by the police nationwide will not be tolerated,” organizers said in a post about the march. “As residents of San Diego, we have a right to exercise our rights and protest peacefully.”

As the march kicked off, the San Diego Police Department said several hundred peaceful protesters had gathered near the police headquarters.

Protesters then made their way along Sixth Avenue through Bankers Hill and, into Hillcrest, before turning onto University Avenue and marching into North Park.

Back at F and 15th streets where the march first began, protestors sat for a last moment of solidarity around 9:30 p.m. and were then asked by organizers to leave peacefully. By that point, officials estimated that 2,000 people had joined the march.

Police announced one arrest late in the evening after someone was reportedly pointing lasers at a helicopter helping to guide the massive march through the streets of San Diego.

In a tweet, police said the march was otherwise issue-free and wanted to the thank the public for participating peacefully.

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