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Around 75 protesters with Black Lives Matter took over Horton Plaza on Friday to boycott shopping on the what is traditionally the busiest retail day of the year.

At around 10:30 a.m., dozens of protesters gathered near the Hall of Justice downtown to hear speeches given by some of the group’s organizers. The protesters then marched from the Hall of Justice to Horton Plaza mall, where they wound their way through different levels of the mall holding up a yellow sign with “Black Lives Matter” written across it, chanting with their hands in the national “hands-up” protest gesture.

No one was arrested during the peaceful protest, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Marchers said they demonstrated to bring attention to what they say is excessive use of force by police officers that have killed blacks in officer- involved shootings.

Protesters also held a “die-in” in the middle of the street at Sixth Avenue and F Street where Lamontez Jones was shot and killed by two veteran SDPD officers on Oct. 20. Police said Jones pulled a replica handgun from his backpack and pointed it at officers, who shot him in the upper body.

In the aftermath of the officer-involved shooting, the officers involved were criticized for not deploying their department-issued body-worn cameras before making contact with Jones — a department policy. SDPD Chief Shelly Zimmerman came to the officers’ defense, saying the incident was rapidly evolving and they acted to protect themselves and the public.

Black Lives Protesters held rallies and marches across the nation today, disrupting Black Friday sales to bring attention to black Americans who have been shot and killed by police officers.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Chicago, following the public release police of dash-cam video earlier this week showing the shooting death of 17- year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke 16 times.

Van Dyke was charged this week with murder over the teenager’s death. Protesters closed a stretch of Michigan Avenue and blocked would-be customers from entering high-end stores on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

At around 10:30 a.m., dozens of protesters gathered near the Hall of Justice downtown to hear speeches given by some of the group’s organizers. The protesters then marched from the Hall of Justice to Horton Plaza mall, where they wound their way through different levels of the mall holding up a yellow sign with “Black Lives Matter” written across it, chanting with their hands in the national “hands-up” protest gesture.

No one was arrested during the peaceful protest, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Marchers said they demonstrated to bring attention to what they say is excessive use of force by police officers that have killed blacks in officer- involved shootings.

Protesters also held a “die-in” in the middle of the street at Sixth Avenue and F Street where Lamontez Jones was shot and killed by two veteran SDPD officers on Oct. 20. Police said Jones pulled a replica handgun from his backpack and pointed it at officers, who shot him in the upper body.

In the aftermath of the officer-involved shooting, the officers involved were criticized for not deploying their department-issued body-worn cameras before making contact with Jones — a department policy. SDPD Chief Shelly Zimmerman came to the officers’ defense, saying the incident was rapidly evolving and they acted to protect themselves and the public.

Black Lives Protesters held rallies and marches across the nation today, disrupting Black Friday sales to bring attention to black Americans who have been shot and killed by police officers.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Chicago, following the public release police of dash-cam video earlier this week showing the shooting death of 17- year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke 16 times.

Van Dyke was charged this week with murder over the teenager’s death. Protesters closed a stretch of Michigan Avenue and blocked would-be customers from entering high-end stores on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

City News Service

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