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Thu Jul 16 2020 (Updated 07/18/20)
Vallejo Protest and March Demands Justice for Sean Monterrosa
Protest Sparked by Outrage Upon Release of Body Cam Footage
Vallejo has the highest number of police killings per capita in northern California. In 2012, police shootings accounted for six of the 20 homicides in the city. The frequency of officer-involved shootings stood at around 38 times the national rate. On Saturday July 11, upon the release of the body cam recording of the June 2 murder of Sean Monterrosa, another demonstration demanded justice for the Vallejo Police Department's many victims. On June 20, the police killed yet another young black man.

At noon, demonstrators assembled in front of Vallejo City Hall. A large flatbed truck held a sound system and much appreciated cold water and energy snacks for the long hot march through the Farmers Market and on to Vallejo Police Headquarters.

Speakers at City Hall demanded justice. Over three hundred marchers, honoring the Monterrosa family's grief by wearing black and followed by a car caravan, made their way to the Vallejo Police Headquarters. Bikers with loud Harleys organized traffic around the marchers. The police were nowhere in sight. The demonstrators joined a similar demonstration already at Police Headquarters.

Those who had lost loved ones to police brutality made eloquent speeches and pointed accusing fingers at the Vallejo Police Headquarters. Demonstrators, many hitching rides on the caravan's cars and trucks, then returned to City Hall.

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Read More: photo Vallejo Press Conference & Rally For Justice

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