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Black Lives Matter Marches Against Police Brutality

Black Lives Matter activists marched through Downtown San Diego Sunday morning, holding signs condemning police brutality.

The rally began at 10 a.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, where activists gathered to meet.

Holding signs, and chanting “hands up, don’t shoot” and “black lives matter,” they marched down Park Boulevard.

"We just want the police to know that there are officers abusing their badges and that's not right and that has to stop,” participant Andrea Malloyd told NBC 7.

San Diego police followed the protesters along their route to make sure the rally was safe, and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman addressed protesters at the start of their rally.

“Let's all come together,” Zimmerman said. “That's what this is about. It's not us versus them, it's we."

Protesters agreed, and many of them denounced the killing of officers in Dallas.

“Just about everybody in that group said we're sorry about what happened to those police officers, and that's what today is all about,” Zimmerman said.

It was a sharp contrast to the clashes that erupted in other cities like Baton Rouge and St. Paul Saturday that injured several officers.

San Diego Protesters even advanced onto police lines to extend a hand in peace and say ‘thank you’.

Participant Nate Howard said it gave him optimism.

“It did give me a little a bit of hope,” Howard said. “I am feeling a little bit excited. Just from the community and the support of the officers and I will say that this is only the beginning."

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