Hundreds hold peaceful protest in San Francisco against police brutality

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Protests against police brutality were held on both sides of the bay. Activists hit the streets Friday night to demand justice for black men killed by officers this week. (KGO-TV)

Protests against police brutality were held on both sides of the bay. Activists hit the streets Friday night to demand justice for black men killed by officers this week.

Demonstrators rallied and marched for hours in San Francisco Friday night.

In the wake of a sniper attack on police in Dallas Thursday night there were new precautions by San Francisco officers, like spotters with binoculars positioned on roof tops along the route.
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In the wake of a sniper attack on police in Dallas Thursday night there were new precautions by San Francisco officers, like spotters with binoculars positioned on roof tops along the route.

Hundreds of demonstrators arrived at San Francisco City Hall to protest police violence against black people. This is a group that was loud, but peaceful.

San Francisco sheriff's deputies had prepared for their arrival by cordoning off the entrance. The protest was in response to two high profile officer involved shootings this week.

Alton Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tuesday as he was has selling CD's on the street.

Philondo Castile was killed in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday. He was pulled over for a broken tail light.
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Protesters shut down both directions of Interstate 880 near the Broadway exit and set off fireworks on Thursday evening. The group started at Oakland police headquarters and marched towards city hall. The protest was in solidarity with the two black men shot and killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.


"All lives do matter, but at the end of the day it seems like it's Black people being killed more than any other races, every single day," said Vallejo resident Eric Green.

"It's sad that we're still having this conversation. It's sad this is still going on, and we haven't come to a point where we can just love and respect each other no matter what color or sexual orientation," said Oakland resident Sampson McCormick.

"If cops are hurting people, take away their badges, but we got to fix our justice system. You can't take out one cop, but if the justice system is fudged up, then you're just repeating the bullying," said San Francisco resident Carlos Valentino.

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The demonstration started at Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero. The group swelled to several hundred people at one point.

Despite the clear tension between demonstrators and the police, dozens of San Francisco police officers paralleled the large group as they marched to city hall.

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