Protesters gathered at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Oak Park Boulevard in Grover Beach on Friday afternoon.
The demonstration started at 4 p.m.
Organizers say the goal of the protest is to bring attention to the black lives lost to police brutality, including George Floyd who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
Demonstrators planned to march along Grand Avenue to Elm Street in Arroyo Grande, then return to the intersection.
"I just want to stand for black lives and the marginalized and the oppressed and that's why I'm here," said protester Veronica Stevenson. "I'm brown skin and we have to stick together when it comes to matters of police brutality and I'm not for that so I feel like this is my time to speak against it."
Protesters are taking 8 mins & 46 seconds of silence for #GeorgeFloyd - police have the intersection blocked off for them in both directions on oak park and on east grand & west grand pic.twitter.com/pFTiCnHkxN— Alexa Bertola (@Alexa_Bertola) June 6, 2020
The three police chiefs from Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Pismo Beach were all present at the peaceful protest and speaking with demonstrators.