Peaceful day of protests in Orange County leads to uneasy night

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Protesters in Fullerton kneel in the intersection and chant after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Photo by Scott Schwebke, Orange County Register/SCNG) Hundreds of demonstrators marched in downtown Fullerton and the historic Orange Plaza on Saturday afternoon, chanting words of anger and pain. Some spoke from experience, the victims of excessive police force.

Except for a couple of tense standoffs with riot-geared officers in Fullerton, the daytime demonstrations in memory of George Floyd — killed when a Minneapolis police officer jammed a knee into his neck — passed without violence in Orange County. But this fourth day of nationwide protests wasn’t over yet.

As darkness loomed, another protest was expected in Santa Ana — one named after a rap song about hatred for police. In Santa Ana, those behind the badge hoped the night would go as smoothly as the daytime marches.

Some 100 protesters gathered Saturday afternoon at the Fullerton Transportation Center. The location was symbolic. The transportation center has been dubbed by activists as Kelly’s Corner in memory of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who was fatally beaten by police in 2011, near a light pole at the expansive facility.

Protesters held signs reading ” Black Lives Matter” and “Who do you Call When the Murderer Wears a Badge?”

A woman who appeared to be leading the demonstration used a loudspeaker to attack police for being at the rally.

“Your presence is agitating us,” she shouted. The officers eventually moved back about 4:30 p.m.Numerous protesters addressed the crowd, recounting violent encounters […]

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