NAACP Leads Rally for Justice at State Capitol

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SACRAMENTO-

Dozens gathered on the steps of the Capitol on Saturday for a peaceful rally for justice.

Protesters of various ages and races chanted and sang to get their message across.

The Sacramento NAACP organized the rally, joining nationwide protests against police violence Saturday.

The outrage was sparked by two grand jury decisions to neither indict in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, nor the choking of Eric Garner in New York City.

"To me this is about police brutality against communities of color, but bigger than that; where especially young people of color are stereotyped for being more violent or more dangerous and then facing violence,” said protester Alena Marie.

Recent protests in Berkeley and New York City turned violent and resulted in arrests.

"I would like to see a better community around Sacramento, but also around the nation. We need to stay together and become strong. We have to overcome this unfair law enforcement and we need to all get together and be fair together,” said protester Hassana Schell.

Protest organizers say the demonstration was meant to be peaceful.  They didn’t want violence to overshadow their message.

"We are asking for justice, non-violence.  We are asking for peaceful rallies. We don’t have to go on destruction or property.  We need to get our voices heard but we have to do it in a peaceful manner,” said Sacramento NAACP president, Stephen Webb.

Demonstrators vowed to continue fighting for change, peacefully and persistently.