Black Lives Matter and pro-law enforcement demonstrators converged Tuesday outside an annual California Peace Officers Association event at the Sacramento Convention Center. CapRadio photojournalist Andrew Nixon was there to document as police shut down J Street at 13th Street due to the protests.
At one point, the two groups broke out into heated arguments, prompting police to form a line between them. Elsewhere, demonstrators laid out purple coffins, symbolizing those killed by police.
The BLM protest had been planned to mark six months since the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento. Other demonstrators had come to show support for law enforcement following the death of Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Stasyuk, who was shot along with four others at an incident Monday afternoon in Rancho Cordova. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones on Monday urged pro-police activists to show up at the convention center.