Black Lives Matter Protesters, Stockton Police Clash; Seven Arrested

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STOCKTON -- The shoving of a child by Stockton officers -- that's what Black Lives Matters marchers say their video shows while they were just trying to peacefully stand up to police brutality on their streets.

"They got their batons. They hit the children. They hit my friend Carmen's daughter in her chest with the baton and in her stomach with the baton, and I saw that with these," said protester Teresa Smith as she pointed to her eyes.

That kind of outrage followed the treatment families say they received while educating their community about the deaths of young black men at the hands of police.

One of those killed was James Rivera, Dionne Smith's son.

"We had a live banner and went from 1990 to 2016 and it showed the activity of what the police have been doing in Stockton. And I demand that banner back. I demand that banner back 'cause you took my son. And here's how you gave me my son back. You have me my son back in a bag," Smith said while holding up and enlarged print of one of her son's autopsy photos.

In video shared by demonstrators, people just standing on grassy patches along March Lane between Claremont and El Dorado seem to get taken down or cuffed by police without any provocation.

Kataya Friday joined in with the chanting crowd.

"I was just shouting what they shouting, and the police they just pushed me," the little girl said.

Friday came out to stand up for her father, Colby Friday, who was shot to death by Stockton police in August.

Officers say he was reaching for a gun.

His family takes issue with that and officer body-cam video that turned off and then back on during the incident.

Demonstrators claim they were complying with officer requests and marching peacefully when three teen girls were arrested.

Stockton police department spokesmen can confirm two teen girls were among the seven people each arrested for three misdemeanors.

Those misdemeanors are impeding traffic, inciting a riot and resisting arrest.

Some claim officers were the only ones showing any aggression.

"I'm calling all activists now. I'm calling you out like I never called you before. And I need you now. I need you now," said Smith.

Stockton police say her banner was in the possession of one man now under arrest, so it will be released when he is.

One female picked up refused to identify herself, so investigators could not determine if she was an adult or a juvenile.

Investigators say she spat on an officer during the march and was pushed back with the officer's baton.

Of the six people whose identities were confirmed, only two are from Stockton.

They are: Harold Hardin, a 33-year-old man from Pleasant Hill; Christian Oring, a 26-year-old man from Stockton; Ryan Geller, a 39-year-old man from Oakland; Anthony Bradshaw, an 18-year-old man from Oakland; a 16-year-old girl from Arizona; and a 16-year-old girl from Stockton.

Here's the statement the Stockton Police Department sent FOX40 about the incident:

"Our approach toward protests remains unchanged, in that we strive to protect citizens' rights to peaceably assemble and freedom of speech while also maintaining general public safety.

We recently experienced a protest during which several violent assaults occurred, which cannot be tolerated.

When acts of vandalism or violence erupt during a protest, it is no longer a peaceful assembly.

This evening, a large group of protesters once again took to the streets after dark, disrupting traffic and refusing to remain off of major thoroughfares as ordered by our officers.

Several arrests were made for misdemeanor charges as our officers moved the uncooperative individuals back off of the major streets and onto the sidewalk areas.

No injuries to those arrested or our officers were reported."


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