California Capitol to Close for Protest Rally

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California guards are closing the Capitol early in expectation of a protest of police killings of black people one day after five police officers were killed at a similar rally in Dallas.

The demonstration planned for 6 p.m. Friday is one of many organized after 12 officers were shot Thursday. It was originally reported that Black Lives Matter, or one of its affiliates, had organized the rally. Black Lives Matter later said they had no part in organizing Friday’s rally.

Police have since been targeted in Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri.

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon’s spokesman, Anthony Reyes, says California Highway Patrol and Sergeants at Arms decided to close the building at 4:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. due to the unpermitted protest.

Police were criticized last month for being ill prepared and slow to respond when white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters at a Capitol rally, injuring 10 people.