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Hall of Justice protest over police shootings blocks traffic

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Protesters block an intersection at 7th and Bryant streets in San Francisco Friday. (Nuala Sawyer/SF Weekly)

Activists calling for murder charges to be filed against officers involved in fatal police shootings in San Francisco briefly stopped traffic Friday near the city’s Hall of Justice.

Around 1:30 p.m., about 20 to 30 people who call themselves Mothers on the March blocked the intersection of Bryant and Seventh streets, holding up pictures of victims of fatal police shootings.

The activists shouted, “How do you spell murder? SFPD,” as cars stopped in traffic and honked. Officers eventually intervened and none of the activists were arrested.

The activity briefly affected three San Francisco Municipal Railway buses: the 8-Bayshore, the 27-Bryant and the 47-Van Ness.

Mothers on the March have been protesting outside the Hall of Justice every Friday for almost two years. This Friday marked the 100th week since they began.

“A lot of our allies, we’re willing to risk getting arrested,” Maria Cristina Gutierrez, one of the group’s organizers, said today. “If we take action and we all unite, we can stop the killing of black and brown people.”

Mothers on the March is demanding that District Attorney George Gascon resign or charge officers involved in police killings, such as those of Mario Woods in 2015 and Alex Nieto in 2014.

Until then, Gutierrez said, the group has no plans to stop.

-Daniel Montes, Bay City News

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