Friday, July 8th, 2016 – The evening after an Oakland protest shut down the 880 freeway, thousands of angry SF citizens marched from The Embarcadero to the steps of City Hall, demanding justice for the lives of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and all victims of police brutality.
Protesters pressed against a barricade admonish the police perched safely above; “SHAME! YOU SHOULD BE DOWN HERE WITH US!!”. The sole black officer’s subconscious facial ticks signal discomfort; an internal storm. The woman continues:
“You KNOW Black Lives Matter- the moment you take off that uniform, you’re just like us!!” His head drops.
Fists raised in solidarity; black, white, brown. Every color in between. Men, women, children. This is unity. We know we can do better than this. Metal barricades twist and screech under the pressure of a distraught, pleading citizenry. This is the cry of the
oppressed. “Black! Lives! Matter!” What more must we do to prove that?
There is an answer. Take action. Demand dignity. Justice. Respect.
Then do it again. And again. Because this shit’s gotta stop. The call for
accountability will be heard. The citizens of San Francisco are making sure of that.
Words and Photos by Dace James Hines