About 100 people gathered at United Nations Plaza last night around 7 p.m. in a show of solidarity for Ferguson, Missouri and the ongoing protests of the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
KTVU reports that the protest was peaceful as people marched with their hands raised, the defining image of the "Hands up, don't shoot!" chants that have rung in Ferguson since August 10, the day after Brown was shot. Protestors marched along Market Street, through the Tenderloin, and to the SFPD Mission Station on Valencia Street, accompanied by police officers on motorcycles and foot.
As you can see in the below tweets from the march, Alejandro Nieto was remembered alongside Brown. A 28-year-old City College student, Nieto was shot and killed by San Francisco police in Bernal Heights Park on March 21.
Today at noon, Nieto's supporters will hold a vigil at Bernal Heights Park followed by a march to the federal building on Golden Gate Avenue where his family's lawyer will file a federal civil complaint, as CBS San Francisco reports.
Though the SFPD claims Nieto confronted officers with a Taser, which they mistook for a handgun, a new eyewitness has stepped forward with a different account of the shooting. The San Francisco Bay Guardian spoke to the Nieto family's attorney who says the eyewitness “did not see Alex point a Taser at anybody” and “did not see or hear any back-and-forth exchange that police said took place."
And in related news per the Chronicle, a team of researchers at UC Berkeley, which analyzed Occupy protests in 192 U.S. cities in 2011, have determined that police are often responsible for escalating protests by using aggressive tactics.