Dozens gathered Thursday evening at 16th and J streets in downtown Sacramento to show support for demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo.
“We’re here to support people of color in this country that deserve equal rights,” demonstrator Carrie Sessarego said.
She and others across the country are rallying against the not only police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, but the violent fallout.
Earlier Thursday, another group held a moment of silence for Brown at the steps of the State Capitol.
“All of us have to come together and show that we do have support and we do recognize that it’s wrong and that there is something that needs to be done about it,” Latrice Rowe said.
Though Sacramento is far from the tear gas and rubber bullet chaos in Ferguson, which has since calmed down significantly, most people in the Sacramento area say it’s important for the community to take note of the injustices in Ferguson.
“If it happened there, it can happen here,” one demonstrator said. “It can happen anywhere.”
Rowe says similar things have happened to her family.
“Even with my own brother. He’s been pulled out with the guns and stuff like that by the police and it’s just like, thank god he didn’t get shot, but that’s definitely a possibility,” she said.
“And day after day we see video of police using Tasers, batons, pushing people, slugging people and even killing people,” demonstrator Andy Conn said.
Conn says it’s preventable.
“Testing for police officers, not only for regular drugs, but definitely for steroids, that these officers have cameras on them at all times. And I think that’s a good start,” he told FOX40.
Another peaceful protest is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Sacramento County Main Jail.