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San Ramon residents take to the streets in mass demonstration against racism, police brutality

Original post made on Jun 4, 2020

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of San Ramon on Wednesday evening in a mass demonstration that condemned racism and police brutality, both locally and across the county.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 9:33 PM

Comments (27)

11 people like this
Posted by N
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 6:24 am

Go to Oakland or San Jose To protest and keep the undesirables out of our suburbs.


14 people like this
Posted by Westerner
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 4, 2020 at 6:53 am

Did the marchers have a permit, as required by the City of San Ramon?


5 people like this
Posted by Parent and Voter
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 7:06 am

Glad that it was peaceful unlike many other protests we have read about.
I think calling it a "mass demonstration" when there were less than two hundred people is a bit of an exaggeration though. That does not mean that people do not care but most people are respecting social distancing in these times and also do not need others to speak for them.
I am curious who the organizers were since these events always need people to plan, organize, and speak to the audience. It turned out that many of the protests of the past year of two have been run by outsiders who were manipulating the participants for their own agenda. I hope this was not the case with this one.


17 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 4, 2020 at 7:23 am

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis writes. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind.”

General James Mattis


6 people like this
Posted by BRIAN
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 4, 2020 at 7:28 am

I think all protest's ought to be planned and or granted in an open area, away from vulnerable homes and businesses. The risk of an outbreak in looting and property damage, should be enough to warrant this decision.


40 people like this
Posted by DanvilleSnowflakes
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 7:29 am

I love reading about the melted tears here. The pearl clutching by some of the comments here show me there are many still with racists sentiments. Evil lives in Danville, regardless of bank account balance.


10 people like this
Posted by Get-a-Gruip
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 4, 2020 at 7:50 am

Hey, for all my folks wondering why folks are protesting. You obviously haven't watched the video. PLEASE WATCH ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE END. And then you'll see why people are mad.

Web Link


12 people like this
Posted by What!
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 8:12 am

To Snowflake: Just curious...do you still live in mommy and daddy's basement? Just curious...
FYI: I have worked my entire life to achieve what I have achieved... Perhaps the looters and troublemakers should get a job instead of stealing and destroying what other people have EARNED!


12 people like this
Posted by Local Guy
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jun 4, 2020 at 8:39 am

Great job everyone of coming together to demonstrate you’re outrage. No we aren’t done, yes we have the right to protest. Let the local crybabies have their tantrums because they don’t want to acknowledge their privilege or deal with racism. Keep it up and don’t let anyone get you down about what you are doing! Change can sometimes be messy (American revolution...anyone?)


4 people like this
Posted by Clowns to the left of me; Jokers to the right
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jun 4, 2020 at 9:46 am

Here I am.............stuck in the middle


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Posted by DanvilleSnowflakes
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 10:18 am

To What!

Let me also add that no one looted or rioted in San Ramon and Danville.

These protests are much more worthy than anti-mask, need a haircut, need my nails done right-wing, dingbat brittle spirit protests. If this hurts your feelings, I'm sorry but look in the mirror for some real honest discussions and critical thoughts before displaying more of your ignorance. You make the rest of us Americans look bad.


22 people like this
Posted by Nazie
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 11:05 am

Where is empathy and compassion in this community? What is happening to humanity? You can still live in a Privileged community but be socially conscious and aware of the injustice going on against people of color, especially blacks. We all need to take a good hard look at ourselves to see where the ignorance is coming from. No one is condoning violence and looting, but peaceful protests to express cries of injustice should be respected and acknowledged.


17 people like this
Posted by Alex
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jun 4, 2020 at 11:08 am

Dear "What!"

Shame on you !!


33 people like this
Posted by Jazzy
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jun 4, 2020 at 12:18 pm

I participated in the protest which was ORGANIZED by a group of LOCAL HIGH STUDENTS. The turnout was HUGE- Far MORE THAN 200 ppl. Families with young children, teens, young and old of ALL RACES attended peacefully. It was a powerful protest. All POC were given a chance to describe their many experiences of racial discrimination WITHIN our own community. The SRVPD worked actively with organizers to keep both the town and the protesters safety. They closed down street for the duration of the March. Officers were friendly, helpful and wearing normal uniforms and I did not see any hint of riot gear. All protesters calmly and peacefully dispersed in accordance with the curfew without incident and were later thanked by the SRVPD via Twitter for keeping the protest peaceful. And us protesters sent messages of gratitude to the PD.
For those complaining about the protests or those of you huddled in your boarded up model homes clutching your guns- you can stand down. The protesters yesterday were not outsiders trying to torch your Beamer. We are your neighbors, fellow community members and quite possibly your own children or grandchildren. And the only thing we want to see is change.


4 people like this
Posted by What!
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 12:46 pm

No, I'm not going to feel guilty .... nor will I apologize!


20 people like this
Posted by concerned about humanity
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 1:12 pm

Just reading some of these comments reminds me how much work still needs to be done.We are so far from any form of kindness. If you are worried about "your community" being hurt by "others", then you are the problem. This is exactly why there are protests throughout the world right now. The injustice in that thinking. It is ignorant, it is hurtful and it is hate

I am a white business owner in this community and I support equality even if it means I have to pause my business


14 people like this
Posted by DanvilleSnowflakes
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 1:28 pm

To What!

"No, I'm not going to feel guilty .... nor will I apologize!"

You obviously don't read well and you let your emotions guide you because I specifically said that no one is asking you to apologize.

You display zero self awareness and no critical thinking...at all. Yet you come off as if you have some kind of inherent moral high ground when you clearly do not. Instead, you're steadfast in your proudly display of ignorance. Good luck to you, your family and your precious pearls.


11 people like this
Posted by DanvilleSnowflakes
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 1:35 pm

Dear concerned about humanity,

You are concerned about humanity, and so am I. But you sir, just with your words, give humanity HOPE. More people and business owners like you make things worth fighting for!

I wont ask what your business is...but I always make it a point to try and spend my hard earned money in my local areas and shops. Nothing better than supporting your local community. Thank you!


11 people like this
Posted by Facts
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 1:37 pm

Per Washington Post:

Last year, 371 white people were fatally shot by the police, and 236 black people. Black suspects fatally shot were significantly more likely to have a deadly weapon with them than white suspects, yet more white suspects were killed.

Last year, there were a total of 10 people in the U.S. in which unarmed black people were fatally shot by the police.

During President Obama's 2015 term, 38 unarmed blacks were killed by police. Overall, during Trump presidency, the number of unarmed blacks killed by police has drastically dropped.

48 police officers will killed in line of duty last year.

Blacks are 700 more time likely killed by people they know then police officers.

Facts.


19 people like this
Posted by DanvilleSnowflakes
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Dear "Facts"

371 of white people shot and 236 of black people shot huh?

White's make up about 70+% of the US population.
Blacks only are around 12+/-% of the US population.

Context matters. Your misdirection is fooling no one but only the fools.


6 people like this
Posted by Member123
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

12% of blacks commit 55% of the crime. So if the involvement of blacks with law and order accounts for over 50% then the lower number being shot means proportionately more whites get shot. I am not white. I am an immigrant POC. There is definitely a problem in the black community but its has very little to do with cops. There are bad cops everywhere. The cops in my country of origin were horrible and majority of them bad apples. The cop who murdered Floyd needs to be put in jail and punished. I dont think anyone denies that. Which is why there has been overwhelming support for the protests. At the same time the looters and rioters taking advantage of the situation should also be punished. 3 cops and 1 ex cop, all of them black were killed by rioters. Their life does not matter to BLM because it does not fit their poilitical narrative!


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Posted by Danville Resident
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 4:52 pm

A great video from the event: Web Link
Way more than several hundred. At least a couple thousand Danville & San Ramon residents participated in this peaceful demonstration, with the blessing of the San Ramon Police Dept. and local & state officials. It was a grass-roots, local event bringing together our beautiful, diverse community. Fantastic.


5 people like this
Posted by DanvilleSnowflakes
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Member 123

"12% of blacks commit 55% of crime."

SMH. Just when I was starting to have hope for humanity... That didn't ever make sense. There's also just too much racist stereotype misinformation to unpack with your uneducated rant...

Please, people, don't lead with your emotions.

I'm not very religious but for you, I'm going to pray for you to have less evil in your heart. I think you're trying to be in the right place. Just not quite there. I'll pray for you.


2 people like this
Posted by Member123
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2020 at 9:46 pm

Its not me. Thats the official govt data. I do not hate anybody, just pointing out facts to your "clever" argument:

"371 of white people shot and 236 of black people shot huh?

White's make up about 70+% of the US population.
Blacks only are around 12+/-% of the US population."

Web Link

Go to page 12 table 7, demographics data for violent crimes in America from 1980 to 2008. 52.8% of the offenders are black. So it would make sense that the number of deaths by cops should be more or less equal since the offenders are equally divided. But the data shows that whites get killed lot more by cops even though they equally represent violent crimes.
I know it goes against your political narrative. But those are the facts.
I will pray for you too that you open your eyes and if you really want to help concentrate on the real problems facing minorities and blacks in particular.


9 people like this
Posted by SR Neighbor
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 4, 2020 at 10:14 pm

I am appalled by the comments here. I hope you are trolls and not neighbors who have no empathy or humanity ...


2 people like this
Posted by Abc
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 5, 2020 at 12:49 am

DanvilleSnowflakes:

Chicago:75% of Murdered Are Black, 71% of Murderers Are Black
Before blame police which protect me, take care of your backyard.


19 people like this
Posted by Sci Geek
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 5, 2020 at 7:15 am

I guess we only have to look "next door" to know why our local schools are still combating racist graffiti (and more) after all these years.

I protested peacefully in memory of my fellow CHS classmate. We graduated from CHS together and returned to San Ramon to raise our families at roughly the same time. We compared our post-return experience with local law enforcement. He was pulled over by local police 35+ times in a span of 20 years compared to my ONCE, but I'm sure it had nothing to do with the difference in the color of our skin.

Very sad for my community and my country. To have such privilege and still make a deliberate choice to live in ignorance and fear - in a prison of your own construction - is a true crime against humanity.


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