Calif. police chief joins peaceful protest

Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus joined a protest against police brutality in his city on Tuesday


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Calif. — A Northern California police chief noted for his community policing efforts raised a few eyebrows when he joined a peaceful protest, holding a sign with the popular Twitter hashtag of "blacklivesmatter."

The Contra Costa Times reported Wednesday that Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus joined a protest against police brutality in his city on Tuesday. The Tuesday afternoon protest, one of many in the San Francisco Bay Area this week, was organized by a Richmond youth center.

In this photo Richmond Chief of Police Chris Magnus chats with Randy Joseph, second from left, of Berkeley, as they stand with William McCoy, left, of Sacramento, and with the RYSE Youth Center trauma response service.
In this photo Richmond Chief of Police Chris Magnus chats with Randy Joseph, second from left, of Berkeley, as they stand with William McCoy, left, of Sacramento, and with the RYSE Youth Center trauma response service. (AP Image)

About 100 people lined a busy Richmond street at noon, holding signing and listening to recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speeches. The city's mayor and several councilmembers also attended.

Magnus said he attended to show the department's commitment to peaceful protest and that minority lives matter.

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