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Demonstrators March To The Capitol, Protesting Police Shootings

071116-Protest MarchPMany protesters' hands were painted red. They raised them to show everyone shares responsibility for a society where minorities and police are being killed by violence. Sam-Omar Hall / Capital Public Radio

About 600 people marched in silence to the California State Capitol in Sacramento Monday.

Once there, they called for unity and better communication in light of recent acts of violence involving police around the country.

The "Standing 4 Black Lives" march was organized by two teenagers and a local chef.

Co-organizer Jay Hall is 17 and says it's important for the police and the people they serve to communicate.

"We need to change our reforms and we need to start changing up the system," says Hall. "We need to be a part of it. We don't need to be against it. We don't need to be against them. We need to link together and build a bridge together."

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The gentleman leaning back with the black lives matter sign is Ronald Stevens, a local chef who helped lead the march. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Police served as traffic detail to help the group march from Crocker Park to the Capitol.

The CHP bent its rules and allowed Hall to fill out a permit to hold an event on the capitol grounds while the event was underway.

The group made it a point to mention victims of violence of all colors -including the families of Dallas police officers who were killed last week.

The organizers say there will be more marches.