Protesters Walk Peacefully, Silently to Sacramento Capitol

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SACRAMENTO -- No chants, no jeers on the streets of Sacramento on Monday, just the absence of sound to signify the absence of equality and respect these people believe is missing between police officers and the black communities they serve across the country.

Wake up Sacramento and Stand up for Black Lives are two new groups adding their efforts to what the Black Lives Matter movement started.

Marcher Brenda Riley of Sacramento says her heart has been in pain over the last five days.

"Grieving, crying, emotional, because we are getting killed for apparently no reason," she said.

Riley is grieving the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile -- lost at the hands of police about 45 hours and 1,200 miles apart.

She's also grieving for the five Dallas officers killed in a massacre angrily motivated by their deaths.

"I raised two African-American sons, and now I have three grandsons, and so I'm standing for them because we have to come together as a community," she said.

"And so this blood, raised red hands to me symbolize stop, hands up, don't shoot," said Sacramento's Jason Harris as he held up his palms covered in red paint.

"Also means the blood on the hands of those who're acting upon or making acts that they shouldn't do," he said.

"I can never thank you guys enough for listening to us and being woke with us and coming out here as a community to gather together peacefully. The difference between our protest and the other protests is that we're peaceful," said 18-year-old Brianna Cormier.

Cormier was inspired to organize Monday's march and rally because in three weeks she's due to start college at Grambling State University, in the same state where Alton Sterling was killed.

"Alton Sterling -- you will not die in vain," she offered through her megaphone, in tears.

Her dear friend also moved to act.

"We do not want to continue hearing about lives being lost by police brutality. We're tired, but I'm so proud of you guys for remaining peaceful," said Jamigha Halls.

"We thank the police for their efforts today, but we also would like for them to help us engaging in bettering the system. It takes the media, the police and the community," said Cormier.

A large showing of folks supporting the preservation of black lives in police encounters is expected Tuesday at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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