Thousands attend protest in San Luis Obispo

June 5, 2020

Photo by Richard Bastian

Thousands participated in a peaceful protest against police violence in San Luis Obispo on Thursday evening.

At 5 p.m., more than 3,000 attendees gathered at the SLO County Courthouse. Organizers with the NAACP and Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff said the primary purpose of the protest is to take action against violence.

Following several speeches, protesters marched through San Luis Obispo.

Photo by Richard Bastian

This is the fourth protest over the death of George Floyd in San Luis Obispo. During one of the previous protests, several attendees threw rocks and water bottles at police officers, who fired teargas at the crowd.

In anticipation of the protest, and over fears of violence, more businesses boarded up windows, many businesses and goverment agencies closed early in the day, cruise night promoters canceled their event, and officers closed some off-ramps from Highway 101.

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I did my part with the social distancing, I stayed home.

Don’t see a protester not wearing a mask in the picture, and the aerial videos from KSBY have shown social distancing along the march route. At this rally, not good.

Why we need to social distance, wear masks, wash hands, I know etc. etc. etc. Protect the elderly, vulnerable and healthcare workers.

I don’t understand your point. You’re saying that everyone is wearing a mask and are physically spread out while marching… and that’s a bad thing?

I’d say, good for them; they’re out there trying to raise attention while still trying to observe some cautions due to the possible health risks.

Should have social distanced at the rally, did the rest well, imho

There is all kind of biased information that throws us this way, throws us that way. I try to research to see if we are getting manipulated into, “the narcissism of small differences”, pumped each direction.