Protesters march along the coast in Carlsbad on Friday afternoon. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Groups of demonstrators hit the streets in the San Diego area for an seventh straight day Friday, marching, chanting and holding protest signs aloft to honor the memory of George Floyd and to demand racial equity and an end to excessive force in the nation’s policing.

Rallies began in Carlsbad and Escondido in the mid-afternoon, with similar demonstrations in Oceanside and San Diego later in the day, authorities said. A protest planned for Santee did not materialize.

There were no reports of violence or arrests in connection with any of the protests.

“We estimate that around 500 people have participated in this protest,” Carlsbad Police tweeted. “All remains peaceful. We are still out here to help with safety.”

Though police use-of-force demonstrations in La Mesa and downtown San Diego last weekend devolved into looting and rioting after dark, daily protests since Sunday have remained largely peaceful, resulting in few arrests and only minor acts of vandalism.

Nonetheless, some 200 members of the California National Guard were deployed this week to the county in an attempt to prevent any recurrences of destructive chaos, with about half of the personnel sent to La Mesa.

Updated at 7:25 a.m., Saturday, June 6, 2020

— City News Service

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