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Updates on July 2020 Protests

Post Date:06/05/2020 4:27 PM

Our community supports peaceful protests and the expression of free speech. The City will continue to protect all of our community members and keep them safe to ensure voices are heard at this important time.  We also ask that anyone participating protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance.  The City will update this page with information on planned protests, rallies and marches including the date, time and location as the information becomes available.  If the event is expected to have more than 500 attendees, the City may provide additional updates regarding potential traffic delays.

July 11, 2020

Updated 9:00 am - A peaceful protest and march is planned for today at 11:00 am at Mitchell Park.  There may be traffic delays in the Downtown.

July 4, 2020

Updated 12:15 pm - A peaceful protest and march is planned for today at 1:00 pm in Mission Plaza.  There may be traffic delays in the Downtown.

July 2, 2020

Updated 6:25 pm  - The peaceful rally has ended.  The City would like to thank the organizers and participants for a safe rally.  Please use caution as participants leave the area.  

Updated 3:00 pm - A peaceful rally is planned for this evening at 5:00 pm at the San Luis Obispo Superior Court building.   Event organizers have worked  closely with City representatives to plan for a safe event and allow for community expression at this important time.  Community members should be aware there may be potential traffic delays in the Downtown area this evening.  A peaceful protests and march is also planned for July 4th at 1:00 pm in Mission Plaza.  Please check back for regular updates.

June 20, 2020

Updated 11:00 am - A peaceful protest and ride near Marsh and Chorro Streets has begun.  The ride's destination is Santa Rosa Skate Park.  There may be traffic delays.

June 17, 2020

Updated 7:17 pm - The peaceful protest march has returned to Mission Plaza has ended. The City would like to thank the organizers and participants for a safe rally and march. Please use caution as participants leave the area. 

Updated 6:38 pm -The peaceful protest march is moving southbound on Higuera. There may be traffic delays. 

Updated 6:22 pm -  The peaceful protest march is moving northbound on Santa Rosa Street. There may be traffic delays.  

Updated 6:10 pm  -The peaceful protest march is moving eastbound on Marsh Street. There may be traffic delays. 

Updated 5:50 pm - The peaceful protest march has turned eastbound onto Pacific Street. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 5:30 pm - The rally has concluded and the peaceful protest march has begun in the Downtown and is moving eastbound on Monterey Street. There may be traffic delays. 

Updated 2:35 pm - A peaceful protest is planned for today at 4:00 pm at Mission Plaza. Community members should be aware there may be potential traffic delays in the Downtown area this evening.

June 16, 2020

Updated 5:00 pm - Peaceful protests and marches are planned for June 17th at 4:00 pm in Mission Plaza and June 20th on Marsh Street (near Chorro Street). Please check back for regular updates.

June 13, 2020 

Updated 7:30 pm - The peaceful protest march has concluded. The City would like to thank the organizers and participants for a safe rally and march. Please use caution as participants leave the area.

Updated 7:05 pm - The peaceful protest march is continuing in the Downtown area. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 6:40 pm - The peaceful protest march is continuing in the Downtown area. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 6:20 pm - The peaceful protest march has returned to the Downtown area. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 6:05 pm - The peaceful protest march is in the Mitchell Park area near Downtown. There may be traffic delays. 

Updated 5:50 pm - The rally has concluded and the peaceful protest march has begun in the Downtown on Chorro heading south. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 2:30 pm - A peaceful rally and march is planned for today at 4:30 pm beginning in Mission Plaza. Event organizers have collaborated closely with City representatives to plan for a safe event and allow for community expression at this important time. Community members and businesses should expect additional people and potential traffic delays in the Downtown area this evening.

June 9, 2020 

Updated 6:50 pm - The peaceful protest march has returned to Mission Plaza and ended. Thank you to the organizers and participants for a safe protest and march. 

Updated 6:35 pm - The peaceful protest march has returned to downtown. There may be traffic delays. 

Updated 6:18 pm - The peaceful protest march has stopped in the intersection of Chorro and Center. There will be traffic delays.

Updated  6:05 pm - The peaceful protest march is proceeding southbound on Chorro and participants have entered the roadway. There will be traffic delays. 

Updated 5:45 pm - The peaceful protest march is proceeding northbound on Santa Rosa Street on the sidewalk.

Updated 5:16 pm - The peaceful protest march has moved from the intersection and is continuing onto the sidewalks. Please use caution when traveling in the area as there are many pedestrians. 

Updated 5:05 pm -  The peaceful protest march has stopped in the intersection of Higuera and Broad. There will be traffic delays. 

Updated 5:00 pm - The peaceful protest march has left Mission Plaza and participants are using the sidewalks. Check back for updates.

Updated 2:10 pm - SLOPD is aware of the peaceful protest scheduled at 4:30 pm today in Mission Plaza. We are attempting to contact the organizers to ensure a safe rally for all.

June 8, 2020

Updated 7:10 pm - The peaceful protest march has concluded. The City would like to thank the organizers and participants for a safe protest and march. Please use caution on California Street as participants leave the area.

Updated 6:50 pm - The peaceful protest march is stationary at the intersection of California and Hathway. There will be traffic delays.

Updated 6:40 pm - The peaceful protest march has moved southbound on Hathway. Traffic may be delayed.

Updated 6:30 pm -The peaceful protest march is on E. Foothill nearing Crandall and the Cal Poly campus. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 6:05 pm - The peaceful protest march has turned northbound onto California and is approaching the Cal Poly campus. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 6:00 pm - The peaceful protest march has turned eastbound onto Foothill Blvd. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 5:40 pm - The peaceful protest march has moved onto Santa Rosa Street moving northbound. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 5:20 pm - The peaceful protest march is back on Monterey Street and is stationary between Santa Rosa and Osos Streets. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 5:05 pm - The peaceful protest march has turned onto Marsh Street. There will be traffic delays. 

Updated 4:53 pm -The peaceful protest and march has begun in the downtown on Monterey Street. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 3:45 pm - A peaceful protest and march is planned for today from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the San Luis Obispo Superior Court building. Police Department representatives have reached out to the organizers to plan for a safe event including using City sidewalks if possible, avoiding high traffic intersections and staying off Highway 101. Please check back for regular updates.

June 5, 2020 

Updated 8:55 pm -  The peaceful protest march has concluded. The City would like to thank the organizers and participants for a safe protest and march. Please use caution as participants leave the area.

Updated 8:10 pm - The peaceful protest march is in the intersection of Santa Rosa and Walnut. Traffic delays are expected. 

Updated 8:00 pm - The peaceful protest march is on Santa Rosa Street, near Olive Street. Traffic delays are expected. 

Updates 7:30 pm - The peaceful protest march is in the intersection of Santa Rosa and Walnut. Traffic delays are expected.

Updated 7:15 pm - The peaceful protests march is on Monterey Street.  Traffic delays are expected. 

Updated 7:00 pm - The peaceful protest march is on Higuera Street. Traffic delays are expected.

Updated 7:00 pm - Shortly before the protest, RACE Matters SLO clarified their previous statement to confirm that the Cal Poly Black Student Union (BSU) is involved with today’s action and it is to be a non-violent protest. 

Updated 6:40 pm - The peaceful protest march is on Santa Rosa heading towards downtown. Traffic delays are expected. 

Updated 6:00 pm - The peaceful protest march is in the intersection of Santa Rosa and Walnut. Traffic delays are expected. 

Updated 5:43 pm - The peaceful protest march is on the sidewalk on Santa Rosa at Walnut. There are currently no traffic delays.  

Updated 5:30 pm - A peaceful protest march has begun in the Downtown on the sidewalk on Monterey. There are currently no traffic delays.  

Updated 2:10 pm - The City is aware of a potential protest in the Downtown at 5:00 pm at Mission Plaza. City of San Luis Obispo Police Department leadership, in coordination with many community and Cal Poly leaders have been in, or tried to be, in communication with Students for Quality Education (SQE), the organizers of today’s protest.  We appreciate the statement released by R.A.C.E. Matters SLO and Young Black Leadership strongly discouraging attendance at today’s protest.  The SQE flyer specifically welcomes a “diversity of tactics” and is therefore not a commitment to be an exclusively non-violent protest. Please consider avoiding the area and be aware of potential traffic delays.

Our community supports peaceful protests and the expression of free speech. Police leadership is committed to working with protest organizers to hold peaceful events protecting protestors and the community at large. Please refer to the ACLU guidelines regarding protest rights and responsibilities, including those of law enforcement here: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/#im-attending-a-protest.

Check back for regular updates.

June 4, 2020 

Updated 8:10 pm - The peaceful march has concluded. The City would like to thank the event organizers and participants for a successful rally and march. Please use caution as participants leave the Downtown area.

Updated 7:30 pm - The peaceful protest march is on Higuera turning onto Carmel and then to March Street. Traffic delays are expected.

Updated 7:20 pm -The peaceful protest march is continuing through Downtown on Monterey Street. Traffic delays are expected. 

Updated 7:00 pm - The peaceful protest march is on Marsh Street turning left onto Osos Street. Traffic delays are expected.

Updated 6:45 pm - The peaceful protest march is on Higuera, turning onto Carmel and then onto Marsh. Traffic delays are expected.

Updated 6:30 pm - The rally has concluded and the peaceful protest march has begun in the downtown. There may be traffic delays.

Updated 3:00 pm - A large, peaceful rally is planned for this evening at 5:00 pm at the San Luis Obispo Superior Court building. Event organizers have collaborated closely with City representatives to plan for a safe event and allow for community expression at this important time. Community members and businesses should expect large crowds and potential traffic delays in the Downtown area this evening.   

June 3, 2020

Updated 5:30 pm - The peaceful protest march has ended safely. Please use caution as participants leave the area.

Updated 4:50 pm - The peaceful protest march is on Santa Rosa nearing Foothill. There will be traffic delays, please consider avoiding the area.

Updated 4:30 pm - The peaceful protest march is on Santa Rosa nearing Mill. There will be traffic delays, please consider avoiding the area. 

Updated 4:01 pm -  The peaceful protest march has moved back into the Downtown onto Marsh Street. There are traffic delays, please consider avoiding the area at this time.

Updated 3:55 pm - Representatives from the City of San Luis Obispo Police Department and Cal Poly as well as community leaders were able to meet with the organizers, thanks to facilitation by RACE Matters SLO, just before the protest to discuss goals for the event and how to protect safety of protesters and the community. The meeting was successful and established agreements for a peaceful event that have been met at this time.

Updated 3:30 pm - The peaceful protest march has moved onto South Street nearing Broad. There are traffic delays, please consider avoiding the area at this time.

Updated 2:30 pm - Please be aware that there is currently a peaceful protest in the Downtown area and some streets may be temporarily closed. Please check back for regular updates.

June 2, 2020

Updated 6:20 pm - On June 2, 2020 the City of San Luis Obispo held a press conference to provide updates regarding the June 1, 2020 protests. Speakers included: Police Chief Deanna Cantrell, Mayor Heidi Harmon, Community Leader Dr. Leola Dublin Macmillan, and City Manager Derek Johnson. To view the press conference, please visit the City's Youtube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n8trTrO05E&t=12s

June 1, 2020

Today was a challenging day for San Luis Obispo. The City of San Luis Obispo Police Department, in coordination with regional law enforcement agencies, worked to support the peaceful expression of protesters’ statements.

Nearly 1,500 protesters marched through Downtown and were largely peaceful. Officers and allied law enforcement agencies knelt with protesters out of honor and respect and in support of racial justice.

Protesters pushed through law enforcement lines and marched onto Highway 101 causing grave concerns for the safety of marchers.  Fortunately, no one was injured, and high-speed traffic was detoured.

Protesters returned to Downtown and again marched towards Highway 101 as night approached.  There were significant safety concerns about a return of marchers going onto Highway 101 as night approached. 

A law enforcement line was established to prevent protesters from entering Highway 101 and they were ordered to disperse.   Law enforcement resources were stretched thin as there were various reports of planned property damage as is being experienced in other communities throughout California.

Mayor Heidi Harmon said “ I am calling on all members of our community for peace and calm. We are a caring and compassionate community.  I feel the agony and despair from the inhumane and cruel death of  George Floyd. I deeply respect and support the protesters fight for equality and justice and the right for all people to come together peacefully to advocate for social change.” 

She added “ Several storefronts in San Luis Obispo have been damaged tonight and there is so much rebuilding that our community needs to do.  We will get through this challenge as we have others – through working together and caring for each other and our community. Please, be safe and care for SLO”.

Statement from Police Chief Deanna Cantrell - We are appalled by the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. We support the peaceful protests fighting injustice and racism and take very seriously your First Amendment rights. We will continue to protect your right to gather and express in peaceful protest and keep you safe while exercising those rights.

What will not be tolerated is actions of vandalism, unsafe behavior, damaging property, theft, arson, and other acts of violence to people or property. Our community is just starting to reopen from being closed from COVID-19 for over two months and our local businesses desperately need our support.

We ask you to please use this time to express your anger and frustration through peaceful means.

Updated 8:45 pm -The protest in San Luis Obispo was declared an unlawful assembly after it was determined that there were public safety risks. The protest was mostly peaceful and lasted for over 6 hours. Protesters were asked to disperse with some taken into custody. Residents are advised to avoid the area of Santa Rosa and Mill and the adjacent streets until further notice. The City is committed to ensuring the safety of our community members and businesses. Officers from allied law enforcement agencies and a full deployment of the City of San Luis Obispo Police Department will be on duty throughout the night and into tomorrow to protect our community.

Updated 6:30 pm - The protest is still active in Downtown on Santa Rosa. Please continue to follow detours and avoid this area if possible.

Updated at 5:00 pm -  Protesters are now off of Highway 101 and are on Marsh in Downtown. Please follow detours and avoid this area if possible.

Updated at 4:46 pm - Traffic is currently stopped in both directions on Highway 101 at Santa Rosa in San Luis Obispo. Please follow detours and avoid this area if possible.

Update at 3:41 pm - The intersection of Santa Rosa and Foothill is currently closed in support of today’s peaceful protest. Please avoid this area if possible at this time.

Updated at 2:20 pm -
Please be aware that some streets are temporarily closed in Downtown to support a peaceful protest. Check back for regular updates.

A peaceful rally and march is planned for today at 4:30 pm beginning in Mission Plaza. Event organizers have collaborated closely with City representatives to plan for a safe event and allow for community expression at this important time. Community members and businesses should expect additional people and potential traffic delays in the Downtown area this evening.

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