SACRAMENTO -- Demonstrators marched through East Sacramento on the heels of the Sacramento County District Attorney's decision not to charge the officers who shot Stephon Clark nearly a year ago.
The Table Sacramento, a collective of black community members, organized the event for 6:30 p.m. Monday but did not announce a location. Around an hour prior to the march, the group said they would be gathering along with fellow activists and community members at 5030 Folsom Blvd.
The coalition released a statement saying East Sacramento was chosen "because it is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the City of Sacramento and home to many influential leaders in city and state government."
A list of five demands was attached to the group's release, two of which called for the termination of the Sacramento police officers who killed Clark along with the resignation of DA Anne Marie Schubert.
Protesters blocked streets as they chanted for justice and yelled to residents in their homes.
Sacramento Police Department's Capt. Norm Leong says several cars in the area were keyed.
After the large crowd circled back around to the Trader Joe's on Folsom Boulevard, Leong initially reported more than 80 people were arrested. They were lined up, their wrists in zip ties, along the Highway 50 overpass on 51st Street.
Sacramento Bee reporter Dale Kasler was also detained by officers for what he was told was a "failure to obey an order to disperse," he told FOX40. Despite explaining that he was a journalist and keeping his credentials visible during the incident, Kasler was released by police after around an hour.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg responded to the arrests late Monday night:
“I’m very disappointed the protest ended the way it did. I have many questions about what went on that precipitated the order to disperse and the subsequent arrests. I will withhold further comment until I get answers to these crucial questions tonight or tomorrow morning. No matter the reason an order to disperse was given, no member of the press should be detained for doing their job."
Tuesday morning, the Sacramento Police Department said they detained a total of 85 people. One person was released without receiving a citation, 83 people were released after receiving citations and one person was arrested and booked for a weapons charge.
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