Protesters gathered at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo on Friday evening before marching to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
The demonstration was organized by Cal Poly Students for Quality Education.
Organizers said they planned a peaceful protest to bring attention to the black lives lost by police brutality.
The protest began with a brief rally at Mission Plaza at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the intersection of Walnut and Santa Rosa streets. The intersection was blocked to traffic and the crowd sat in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
Protesters remained at the intersection for about 45 minutes before marching again through downtown.
People in the crowd carried signs reading "Black Lives Matter" and chanted "No justice, no peace, no racist police" and "Justice now."
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.— City of SLO (@City_of_SLO) June 6, 2020