Black Lives Matter march, protest in Sacramento draws thousands of peaceful demonstrators in support of reforms

Today thousands of people outfitted with face mask gathered in Downtown Sacramento to march and demonstrated for a variety of issues following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The march started at the Downtown Commons - Golden 1 Center area, made its way to the state capitol, and its final destination at Cesar Chavez Plaza across from Sacramento City Hall. Along the route, the peaceful but energized marchers shouted chants like Say His Name George Floyd; No Justice No Peace; Hands Up Don't Shoot. 

Among the several speakers at Cesar Chavez Plaza was California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis. Although the crowd had participants of all ages, the majority were in their 20s and 30s, and the audience was composed of the ethnic and racial diversity in the Sacramento region.

The march and rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza lasted over three hours. While there was no visible police presence along the route or at Cesar Chavez Plaza, there were mounted units at the capitol building, Sacramento Police just outside the area of the march and rally, and there were National Guard Units near the Golden 1 Center and the federal court building on I Street.  

More images from the protest can be viewed in the video below. 

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