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Police Chief Chris Magnus Joins California Anti-Brutality Protest

By    |   Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 08:11 AM

Holding a sign with the popular Twitter hashtag of "blacklivesmatter," a Northern California police chief  joined a peaceful protest against police brutality.

The Contra Costa Times reported Wednesday that Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus joined the protest, one of many in the San Francisco Bay Area this week, organized by a Richmond youth center.

A photo of Magnus holding the sign (third from left below) quickly went viral on social media.


Magnus is noted for his community policing efforts, according to The Associated Press.

About 100 people lined a busy Richmond street at noon, holding signing and listening to recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speeches. The city's mayor and several councilmembers also attended.

Magnus said he attended to show the department's commitment to peaceful protest and that minority lives matter.

"I spoke with my command staff, and we agreed it would be nice to convey our commitment to peaceful protest and that black and brown lives do matter," Magnus said after the protest. "And to help bridge the gap that we understand sometimes exists between police and community around certain issues."

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