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SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento County jail is a place all about confinement, but almost one hundred people crowded the sidewalk in front of the facility Thursday night to talk about breaking the chains of injustice and inaction they say are leading to the deaths of black men at the hands of police.

With sweetly sung sounds of solace and unapologetic anger, community members and activists met to remember two black men just killed by police - Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

"Do you not see what these henchmen are doing? They are playing you," shouted Berry Accius.

"It's been pretty tough. It's been pretty tough. I have a son that's out there right now. I worry about him," said Danbaki Johnson of Sacramento.

Though both shooting investigations are just in the preliminary stages, many believe fatal encounters that started over CD sales and a broken tail light have the same root.

"There are instances with folks that aren't minorities...they're always given the benefits of the doubt. There's always a taser-employed and mace employed, but... when it's brown or black folk..it just seems like it's quick to draw a weapon," said Sacramento's Russell Johnigan.

"Now law enforcement has to step up and explain what happend and if it's a bad shooting...own it" said former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinnis.

When it comes to Castile's killing in Minnesota, he believes a colorless cause may be at play.

"Like in any other communication ... be mindful of what you express," he said.

There is chilling video Facebook-ed Live of the aftermath of the 32-year-old Castile's death, recorded by his distraught girlfriend.

"He's licensed to carry ... he was trying to get his wallet ... and [the officer] shot him in his arm," said Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds as she filmed from inside the couple's car.

She stresses that officers who pulled them over were told Castile has his concealed carry permit and was armed.

He may have been reaching into the same area where his weapon was to retrieve his requested driver's license and registration.

So if you find yourself in a similar situation...what should you do?

"My hands are gonna be on the steering wheel or somewhere in plain view," described McGinnis.

Say that you're a concealed carry permit holder, that you have your weapon.

Say where it is and invite the officer to take it from you.

"If what you express..the first thing they hear is - 'I have a gun'- that could result in heightened concern perhaps even fear which is the the standard...reasonable fear is the standard," he said.

That's the standard for a decision to shoot with deadly force.

With their phones raised, Sacramentans recorded the call to action presented at the Thursday vigil in the same way Diamond Reynolds recorded the last moments of her boyfriend's life - hoping for a new standard of justice for all.

As that vigil continued in front of the jail, inmate visitation there was stopped.

That frustrated family members trying to see loved ones and caused some at the vigil to express their indignation, stressing that there was no need to be worried about their peaceful protest.

Sheriiff's Sgt. Tony Turnbull says the shut down was done in an 'over-abundance of caution' and that inmate visits with attorneys and bondsmen went uninterrupted.