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March Against Police Brutality in San Francisco Tomorrow

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An anti-police violence protest in San Francisco in 2014 (Jeremy Raff/KQED).

Earlier today I posted about the protest going down tonight in Oakland that’s an action against the police murder of George Floyd. I was just made aware that tomorrow (Saturday 5/30) there is one happening in San Francisco as well.

As you well know by now, George Floyd was murdered on Monday by Minneapolis Police officers in what amounted to a public lynching. The video evidence is so irrefutable that even vile, racist, hate mongers like Rush Limbaugh and Mitch McConnell say the cops look guilty. You know it’s fucked up when that happens.

There is a little bit of good news: Derek Chauvin, the officer who used his knee to crush George Floyd’s neck and kill him, has been arrested and charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter. We’re a long way off from finding out if he will end up serving any time. Unfortunately, even if he does, it may not be much. If you recall, Johannes Mehserle, the cop who killed Oscar Grant, did less time than Michael Vick did for dog fighting (don’t get me wrong, dog fighting is evil and vile, but one would think killing a human would warrant far more jail time).

Tomorrow’s action will begin at UN Plaza at noon and march go to to City Hall. The proposed route is in the image below (The little sign for the Lime Scooter makes me giggle because it feels so random and ridiculous, but I digress):

According to the FB invite:

In light of the recent events involving police brutality and racial injustice, a protest is being organized for May 30, 2020, in San Francisco. Protests have begun in Los Angeles and I believe that the San Francisco Bay Area needs to stand in solidarity with all who are standing up and speaking out about the injustices that our communities

This is inteded to be a peaceful protest. Furthermore, all attendees should wear face masks or bandanas and respect social distancing guidelines.

If you are not in the SF Bay Area, please share the event and inform others of the protest.

From my ample experience in protests, as long as the police don’t antagonize the protesters, or destroy property while pretending to be them, it should remain peaceful.

I hope to see you there. Don’t forget to wear your face mask!

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