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A group of San Marcos residents gathered near CSUSM with various signs in a protest fueled by the death of George Floyd. Photo by Tigist Layne
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Protesters gather in San Marcos to demand justice for George Floyd

SAN MARCOS — Residents of San Marcos protested near Cal State University San Marcos on Monday as part of a nationwide Black Lives Matter movement that was sparked on Memorial Day by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Around 75 to 100 people stood at four corners of the intersection at Craven Rd. and S Twin Oaks Valley Rd. holding signs that read “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” “No Justice, No Peace,” “Stop the Killing” and more.

“We’re here because something needs to be done,” said David, who came to the protest with his two daughters and a few signs. “Enough is enough. George Floyd deserves justice and so does every single Black person who lives in this country and continues to be targeted.”

The protest remained peaceful as the crowd would often break into chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.” Cars honked their horns as they drove by, fists in the air, cheering in solidarity.

“I think it’s so important to be able to express your anger and frustration in the form of protesting, we have a right to assemble,” said Margaret, a protester who was holding a sign with her husband. “However, I think it should be done as peacefully as possible, otherwise more people are going to get hurt.”

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San Marcos is one of hundreds of cities across the U.S. that is demanding justice for Floyd, a 46-year-old man who was killed at the hands of Minneapolis police. Photo by Tigist Layne

The event was one of hundreds demonstrations taking place in cities across the U.S. on Monday as protesters continue to demand justice for the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old African American male who was arrested on May 25 in Minneapolis for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.

Video taken of the arrest shows former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, including nearly three minutes after Floyd became unconscious. Floyd can be heard on video saying “I can’t breathe,” several times before he died.

Chauvin was arrested last Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers who witnessed the incident without intervening have been fired, but have not been arrested or charged despite the nationwide outcry.

Two autopsies released on Monday, one by the county medical examiner and the other by independent pathologists commissioned by Floyd’s family, declared Floyd’s death to be a homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.

Protests have taken place all over the country since Floyd’s death, with some escalating to looting and violence and arrests, and even resulting in some deaths.

“People are angry. We have been oppressed and killed by police for too long, and I think we’ve reached a point where we just can’t take it anymore,” said Brandon, a college student who was protesting with his girlfriend. “MLK tried to protest peacefully and they assassinated him. Colin Kaepernick tried to protest peacefully and they took away his career. They’ve left us no choice.”

4 comments

Ray Carney June 9, 2020 at 9:56 pm

TODAY: Some genius released the arrest records for Floyd, not a nice guy so our cities burned and all this chaos over a criminal?? This has set race relations back 50 years there was not a problem until now and the ones that will be hurt in all this, Black America.

Ray Carney June 6, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Why call them “African Americans”? First of all, they are at least TEN generations form Africa and besides, Africa has it’s own problems, I don’t think they need ours. The correct terminology should be “American Negro”, more accurate but I have seen this terminology change many times in SIXTY years. Talk about an Identity crisis… for me, it’s easy.. HONKEY.

Reparations???? Find me a 160 year old slave, I’ll cut them a check otherwise all you get from me is four acres of land and a mule. The past week, you looted everything else.

Ray Carney June 5, 2020 at 5:39 pm

All this over an idiot trying to pass a FUNNY TWENTY? Cause and effect.

Ray Carney June 5, 2020 at 1:44 pm

It’s not about race, it’s about stupid. These THUGS make it sound like BLACKS are being killed by the thousands, in actuality, it’s less than a few. Caucasians have a higher rate. Being a veteran of the King, Kennedy, King, Watts, et al riots, all this is is a way for these communities to get FREE STUFF. This nonsense has set the so-called race relations back TWENTY years. Remind me of the 1960’s, little rich white kids coming to the ghettos to help their black brothers and sisters, than go back to the suburbs in the BMW’s. These folks remind me of an old saying “only a fool fights in a burning house”, black folk take it one step further” after burning their house”, complain because the “got no mo house”. Ever been to areas of Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Detroit? these areas still have not come back since the MLK riots and never will. Businesses like grocery stores, pharmacy’s, small businesses, jobs will NEVER come back. Thursday, while skimming past MSLSD, I saw a little black lady crying saying “she cants go to da store without takin’ da bus becuz day burnt out stors”, well get used to it. Daily police across America have to deal with “stupid” day after day, now I’m not saying these police were innocent, far from that but if I had to deal with “offica, offica, youz plantz dats crackz on meiz” or my favorite ” youz beatz himz doenz likez a dawg”. Maybe police don’t need to be re-trained, maybe black people do. Blacks need to realize that the rule of law applies to them also, there are one group of laws just for them and one for everyone else. They have been in this hemisphere for over 350 years but still can’t play the game. Being from the South Side of Chicago, I have no problems with blacks, best friends are blacks but after the Rodney King and this latest nonsense, I ans I bet many others will look at them in a different light, this will hurt them in the long run, even after that 55″ looted flat screen television goes to the dumpster. Time to get smart, stop listening to these “jive talkin’ chicken scratch” racial leaders, democrats saying “vote for me, set you free” since 1965, drop these bull crap rappers, grab a book, get an education become “somebody” like MLK said. As I remember “li-berry” books still be free.

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