Religious, political and community leaders in San Francisco gathered Monday to demand action following the deadly shooting in Buffalo, New York.
“It’s wrong, it’s un-American and it has no right to exist,” said Reverend Amos Brown of San Francisco’s Third Baptist Church, condemning the hate and rallying community leaders from across the bay area.
This in response to Saturday’s shooting in Buffalo that left 10 dead, and to propose local policies to prevent something like this from happening here.
“We in San Francisco recognize that this city is not immune to the same violence,” he said.
Investigators say the 18-year-old suspect was wearing full armor and tactical gear, traveled 200 miles to Buffalo and was live-streaming the horror online as he shouted racial slurs at his victims for the mostly black.
“We have to stay together in peace because if we are together in peace there is one thing that I remember as a child of the 60s and that is power for the people,” said Yulanda Williams from the NAACP in San Francisco.
District Attorney Chesa Boudin was also present.
“We have to be proactive. We must find ways to build bridges and spread love, solidarity and support,” he said.
Reverend Brown, who once marched and rallied Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., announced a noon rally Wednesday at City Hall, to continue his message of hope and peace.