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Protesters call for defunding SLO Co. Sheriff's budget

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 20:55:13-04

Protesters gathered at Emerson Park in San Luis Obispo again on Wednesday afternoon.

Organized by BLM Community Action, the demonstration included a canned food drive.

Protesters planned to march from the park to the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse and back. San Luis Obispo police said the Highway 101 on and off ramps from Marsh Street to California Boulevard would be closed as a precaution.

Demonstrators are demanding that the budget for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office be defunded and that money reallocated toward Social Services.

They are also demanding that no charges be filed against protesters Tianna Arata and Elias Bautista. Police say Arata is responsible for leading a protest march on July 21 that blocked Highway 101 and, they say, resulted in vandalism. Bautista is accused of assaulting an officer during Arata's arrest.