Mayor Garcia Meets Protesters Outside City Hall
Hundreds of anti-police brutality demonstrators protested outside of Long Beach City Hall spurring Mayor Robert Garcia to address them.
According to the L.B Press-Telegram the demonstrators marched from a planned protest at Bluff Park.
There was another peaceful protest in Heartwell Park
Garcia said he has been "invited" by members of Long Beach's African-American community for "a series of conversations" on multiple issues.
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What they said:
LB Mayor Robert Garcia said, "as we move forward, whether were talking issues around the budget or [other] legation... that the one commitment we can make now is that its way more important [that we] are uplifting the black voices in our community and they are involved in those decision making processes".
One protester said, "I don’t want to be doing this anymore we’ve been marching for way too long, this fucking generation that’s here, they shouldn’t [ have to] be walking.
Garcia during an the evening presser says "Black lives matter, black lives matter to Long Beach, and black lives matter to me".
Why it matters:
Garcia's engagement with demonstrators is a departure from his previous statements that were largely protective of the L.B.P.D efforts on Sunday after a peaceful protest was followed by looting and acts of vandalism.