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Protester Signs Show Different Goals In March To The Capitol

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Zamorian Sherman holds this sign at a Standing 4 Black Lives event. She says social media protests aren't enough to help solve the problem of violence against minorities.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

**Editor's Note: The reporter has updated this story to provide more information on an inaccurate quote. 

About 600 people marched in silence to the California State Capitol in Sacramento Monday. The march was in response to recent police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. 

Marchers held signs that showed their different priorities.

A girl who identified herself as Shayla said the focus should be on black lives. She held a sign that says,"Saying 'all lives matter' is like the fire department spraying water on every house on the block when only one is on fire."

"It's not addressing the problem at hand which is displayed through the media and through the past/current events, which is of African American males being put in danger and not always coming out in one piece or alive," she says.

0711 16 bm cap march fireA protester named Shayla wanted her sign to reflect the number of black males who have been shot and killed by police nationwide. Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

A few feet away, Adam Wong hoped to call attention to violence against all minorities.

0711 16 cap march adamAdam Wong holds a sign at a Standing 4 Black Lives event that also lists acts of violence against people of other races, including the Chinese.  Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio
"The top hash tag is Vincent Chin and this was back in the 80s," says Wong. "He was basically this Chinese man who was chilling in a bar and these off-duty cops went up to him and basically harassed him and eventually beat him to death (**see Reporter's Note at the bottom of this story)."

Zamorian Sherman held a sign that says, "We are more than just a hashtag."

"Because I feel like everyone is just putting hashtag, 'R.I.P' to whoever is passing away at the time. And I think we're just more than just a hash tag," says Sherman. "We're not just a hash tag. We're more than that. We're people. We're human. Everyone should unite and do more about it than just putting hash tags."

The march was organized by two teenagers and a chef and they made it a point to exclude anyone with intentions of violence during their event.

0711 16 cap march leadersOrganizers Brianna Cormier and Jay Hall speak to protesters at the California State Capitol following a silent march to call attention to the deaths of minorities.  Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The group also voiced their support for the families of Dallas police officers who were killed last week.

Local law enforcement provided signs of support for the marchers in a different fashion.

Sacramento Police served as traffic detail, and the CHP bent its rules by allowing organizers to fill out a permit to hold an event on Capitol grounds while the event was underway.

The organizers say there will be more marches.

0711 16 bm cap march chpA California Highway Patrol officer leads Standing 4 Black Lives event leader Jay Hall to an office inside the California State Capitol to fill out a permit for the event, which was already underway.  Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

**Reporter's Note: It is true that Chin was Chinese. But, a Detroit autoworker, Ronald Ebens and his step-son, Michael Nitz killed Chin with a baseball bat after a scuffle in a strip club. A witness testified hearing Ebens say it was because of Asians like Chin that he was out of work. Both Ebens and Nitz were convicted of the crime, but on appeal, the witness' testimony was discounted because of an agreement she made with prosecutors. An appellate court reversed the verdict. The two men ultimately pleaded guilty in a plea bargain to second-degree murder. Neither Ebens, nor Nitz served prison time. However, both lost civil lawsuits filed by the Chin family. In a 2015 interview with the Huffington Post, Ebens said race was not a factor in the beating death.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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