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SAN DIEGO — A group of nearly 100 protestors rallied against police brutality in City Heights Thursday, forcing the closure of University Avenue entrances to Interstate 15.

The United Against Police Terror – San Diego and Af3irm San Diego groups organized the 20th annual “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality” held nationwide.

Organizers said Thursday night’s protest was timely because of Tuesday’s deadly Gaslamp Quarter shooting involving two San Diego police officers.

The rally began and ended at the Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park. Before the march, the memorial was covered with boxes and the sign could not be seen.

San Diego police traveled close with the group on motorcycles, SUVs and patrol cars, directing traffic and blocking off roads for the protesters’ safety.