By Elisabeth Smith

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Frustrated protesters took to the streets of Downtown Sacramento Thursday night, marching to different government buildings, where they were met by law enforcement in full riot gear.

Officers stood guard behind fences at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office and the Sacramento County Jail.

Demonstrators also made their way to the Downtown Commons (DOCO) for probably the most intense moment. There, some protesters burned an American flag in the street as others addressed the officers.
One of the protest leaders says she’s questioning the priorities of the police department.
“I feel like they should be protecting us instead of a building because we’re the ones who are under fire. It’s our lives that are being taken,” Meg White with JUICE said.
While there were several intense moments, it was a largely nonviolent protest Thursday. A big difference compared to recent protests was that the demonstrators did not stop at the State Capitol like they usually do.
Demonstrators said they will be back out Friday night and likely through the weekend.
Read below for a timeline of the demonstration Thursday night. 

9:42 p.m.

Protesters marched back to Cesar Chavez Plaza and have begun to disperse.

9:30 p.m.

Some demonstrators started engaging directly with officers standing guard at DOCO. The officers have not engaged with the crowd.

The protest remains largely nonviolent and leaders are moving the crowd away from the area back down K Street.

9:22 p.m.

On the street outside DOCO, a few protesters lit an American flag on fire and attempted to wave it around.

The protesters are gathered in front of officers while some individuals are addressing officers on the megaphone.

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9:16 p.m.

The crowd made a loop around the block and have stopped again in front of law enforcement officers in riot gear standing guard at DOCO.

9:10 p.m. 

Protesters walked past law enforcement standing guard by the entrance to the Downtown Commons at the DOCO sign. On Wednesday, demonstrators stopped and engaged with officers. Tonight they have moved on and are walking away from DOCO.

9 p.m. 

The crowd stopped in front of a 7-Eleven on J Street, asking the employees through the locked door why they were not out protesting with them.

One leader said the protesters do not mourn broken windows or broken buildings, they mourn lost lives.

They then walked down 9th Street to K Street toward the Golden 1 Center, past many boarded-up windows.

8:50 p.m. 

Protesters have made their way to the Sacramento County Jail, where there are barricades set up and a strong police presence. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies stood guard in full riot gear, not engaging with the protesters. Zip ties, which can be used to handcuff demonstrators, can be seen on the belts of several deputies.

The crowd was largely silent as some individuals spoke to the deputies through a megaphone. They then chanted “Who do you protect? Who do you serve?”

8:40 p.m.

After gathering at Cesar Chavez Plaza, protesters have begun to march through downtown Sacramento. The crowd stopped outside the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, which was guarded by law enforcement in riot gear and fencing.

Protesters are chanting “No Justice, No Peace” and Breonna Taylor’s name.

As they march through the streets, police officers are staying back and not engaging with the crowd.

This is the second night of protest in Sacramento after a Kentucky grand jury decided to not indict police officers on criminal charges related to Breonna Taylor’s death.

Hundreds of people gathered in Cesar Chavez Plaza Wednesday night. The protesters chanted Breonna Taylor’s name and marched around downtown to the State Capitol and back toward the plaza. The protests remained peaceful as crowds listened to speakers and marched through the streets.

  1. XYZ says:

    Breonna Taylor, a uniformed service person, IMO was SWATTED, by her own PD. It feels like that. As a conservative, I draw the line here, and when I draw the line, watch out. There’s more to this “Gestapo” murder. GET THE UNREDACTED GRAND JURY TRANSCRIPTS, because that prosecutor NEVER divulged to the GJ that the 911 call was made by the VICTIM, saying there was a home invasion, the man they were after was already apprehended, that they never identified themselves and countless other sickening facts. She likely was going to file complaints against the PD, with ample proof since her work and theirs always overlap. That whole keystone cop Gestapo scenario smells like a setup.

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