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Peaceful protesters meet again in San Luis Obispo, one week after protests broken up by police

BLM Protest in San Luis Obispo
KEYT/Anikka Abbott

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - R.A.C.E. Matters SLO held another peaceful protest Monday in San Luis Obispo. They honored George Floyd while marching across town, stopping several times to hold eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence.

They marched one week after a protest was broken up by police with flash bangs.

Several protesters held signs saying "defund the police" or "fund our community."

"We're always in a position where we have to diffuse things," said James Jones, a protester attending with his son. "And our [white] counterparts, they don't understand why... and any type of glitch with what we do can cause death."

"This movement isn't that it's against police... I support police officers," said Shondrela Braggs, a protester from San Luis Obispo. "I understand the importance of having them, but I also understand that in the system, it has some broken parts."

Protesters marched all the way to Cal Poly. They stood outside a fraternity and chanted "march with us." One small group of fraternity brothers joined the march, and could be heard saying "where are we going next?"

"I want to hear these young students," said Savla Christensen, a protester. "They're going to lead the way."

When confronted by white men in Trump shirts shouting at them towards the end of their march, the protesters responded in song.

Protest leaders said they would not be distracted from their message or their peaceful protest.

R.A.C.E Matters SLO also asked protesters to sign their petition asking for more police training, body cameras to be turned on always, civilian review boards and a diversion of police funds to community and mental health funds.

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