As protests are held nationwide over the death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, three separate demonstrations took place in San Diego County today.
A crowd of people, estimated at 1,000, gathered in front of the La Mesa Police station Saturday afternoon to call for police reform and to protest an incident earlier this week involving a white police officer and black man at a trolley station in a video that has been widely shared.
The demonstration moved through various streets of the city and eventually onto lanes of Interstate 8, resulting in a shutdown of traffic. The crowd broke through officers that had blocked the freeway entrance.
Earlier in the day, a caravan of cars left Liberty Station to drive through the Point Loma area neighborhood of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The rally of honking cars was in solidarity of the nationwide demonstrations that have been taking place since the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis.
And in Temecula, there were two demonstrations at the Duck Pond where hundreds of people took to the streets to decry the death of Floyd and call for racial justice.