Protesters march in Cerritos — and invite sheriff’s deputies to hitch them

Scores of protesters peacefully marched to Cerritos Metropolis Corridor on Monday, accompanied by sheriff’s deputies who had been invited alongside by the younger organizers.

“This isn’t about us, this it isn’t about politics, neither is it about our opinions. That is about morality and humanity and our efforts to face collectively in unity for Black Lives Matter,” co-organizer Cerys Rotoneo, 19, instructed about 100 folks gathered in Gridley Park earlier than they marched. It was one in every of many demonstrations to precise outrage over the killing by by police of George Floyd.

Rptoneo and Guadalupe Juarez, 18, had initially deliberate to protest with buddies and lift cash for a nonprofit group close to Los Cerritos Heart. However the occasion went viral they usually discovered outsiders deliberate to attend, they usually frightened that their nonviolent message may very well be misplaced.

“So we had been like, we must always in all probability change the situation, simply to be sure that looting doesn’t occur and so forth,” mentioned Rotoneo, a political science scholar at Cerritos Faculty.

Dozens of sheriff’s deputies nonetheless had been staged within the mall’s parking heaps and blocked off entry factors, petrified of looting.

However different officers traveled with the protesters, on foot and in squad automotive, as they walked to Metropolis Corridor and chanted.

“These younger folks have been improbable and really accepting and supportive of me being right here,” mentioned David Moeller, a captain within the California Freeway Patrol’s Santa Fe Springs workplace. “That is actually what we’d like, proper? It’s that communication that should go on. So, we don’t all the time must agree on the whole lot however we’ve got to be prepared to sit down down and talk about issues.”

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