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Protestors march near Valley Plaza for change in BPD and other police departments

Protestors march near Valley Plaza for change in BPD and other police departments
Posted at 3:30 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 06:30:03-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A group of protestors gathered in front of Valley Plaza Mall on Sunday, for the tenth day of protesting in Bakersfield to honor the death of George Floyd and others.

Protestors vow to march until a change occurs.

Signs and chants filled the corner of Ming Avenue, encouraging drivers to honk in support of their cause.

The group identifies themselves unofficially as a black lives matter organization. The group marched around the area for an hour, to as they put it wake up Bakersfield.

The group shares they are now choosing different popular locations throughout the city to bring awareness, to what they say is an important cause of black lives matter.

They say they will continue to march and protest every day until they see a change occur within the local and other police departments across the country.

One of the organizers, Reginald Gardner II, says he has been protesting in the city for eight days now.

Gardner states he continues to come out to the gatherings to keep the peace among protestors and onlookers.

"We will continue to march until BPD wants to sit down with us and make some changes and we need the city manager to sit down too," Gardner said.

"I will be sitting down on Tuesday with Pastor Anthony from St. John's church from Brundage. He is bridging the gap for us with the church community so they can understand where we are coming from."

Gardner says that they don’t want just any open dialogue with the Bakersfield Police department but a face to face one.