National outrage over the police-related death of George Floyd continues into a second week. In San Francisco, some are ignoring city wide curfews in peaceful protest.
Yesterday, around 4 p.m., about 50 protesters gathered at San Francisco City Hall. Surrounded by police officers, they chanted, "Black lives matter!" and "no justice, no peace, defund the police!”
Around 10 p.m., two hours after the city's curfew, most of the protesters marched over to San Francisco’s Hall of Justice, with the intention of peacefully being arrested. They sat in front of the building, spaced out to maintain social distancing, and continued to chant. One by one, as officers booked them, the crowd cheered.
Happening NOW in San Francisco:
200 police in riot gear for 27 unarmed protestors with @DSA_SF protesting past 8pm curfew.
“Why are you in riot gear? We don’t see no riot here” chanted earlier pic.twitter.com/E7LbjoGDTR
— Jackie Fielder for CA Senate D-11 (@JackieFielder_) June 3, 2020
The Democratic Socialists of America tweeted that there were about 200 police officers present. We could not confirm with SFPD, but according to journalist Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez who was present, about 20 Protesters were arrested and cited, then promptly let go. Protests are expected to continue in San Francisco tonight.