SACRAMENTO -- The streets of the Capitol city are reverberating with pain and frustration, just one day after a rally and march, similar Friday's in Sacramento, ended with the murders of five officers on the streets of Dallas --
Those feelings, tied to the lives lost in Texas and those of the two black men who inspired protest in Dallas in the first place.
"I want police to take accountability for what they've been doing," said Tasha Williams while she marched.
"Killing anyone.. anyone they feel is a threat - black people, brown people doesn't matter. They don't take into account our lives."
"Too many guns... too many guns," Zann Gates said shaking her head as she pointed to part of what she sees as the country's violence problem.
Does she have any idea how to combat the fear and violence?
"I thought it might start here," she said during the march.
The clarion call at the gathering Friday night was to transfer the emotion of the week into lasting civic action starting next Tuesday by giving comment at the county board of supervisors meeting.
"Please come and be involved in the actual movement. We need voices. We need people who know what it's like to be harassed, people who know what police brutality is actually like," said organizer Tyree Davie.
Can bearing witness that way make a difference?
"Absolutely. These are the people who make the calls on the legislations...the policies," he said.
With the vulnerability of officers underscored by what the sniper accomplished in Texas, Capitol and Sacramento police kept a watchful eye on the gathering on horseback and from the upper floors of nearby buildings.
They helped blocked lanes around the Capitol as well, so those in the impromptu marchers had safe passage.
"Those officers also stepped up to keep everyone safe when someone stepped in to the gathering shouting 'all lives matter.'
Tensions were quickly diffused as organizers stressed the black lives and all lives matter campaigns don't have to be mutually exclusive, as some in society believe.
"He said we know it's black lives matter. That's what he said...bring us all together..acknowledge that. That's love. That's the kind of work Dr. Martin Luther King did. Don't criticize this man right here, embrace him. He wants unification," said activist Kevin Carter.