Protesters gather to honor George Floyd and air grievances in downtown Fresno on May 31. (Photo by Andrew R. Leal / Golden Gate Xpress) (Andrew R. Leal)
Protesters gather to honor George Floyd and air grievances in downtown Fresno on May 31. (Photo by Andrew R. Leal / Golden Gate Xpress)

Andrew R. Leal

Fresno State University NAACP president calls for police anti-bias training

June 2, 2020

The Fresno, California State University Chapter of the NAACP led a peaceful protest at Fresno City Hall to honor George Floyd, a victim of police violence, and air grievances to government officials on May 31, 2020.

The protest was the first of its kind organized and led by Black people, according to D’Aungillique Jackson, president of the Fresno State UNiversity NAACP.

“This (protest) was originally organized by punk white kids who describe themselves to me just like that,” Jackson said.

It’s very important that it is not just black people out here because we can’t do it alone.”

— D’Aungillique Jackson, president of the Fresno State University NAACP

The group totaled nearly 3,000 and peacefully marched along Tulare street stopping in front of the Fresno Police Department (FPD), inviting black leaders to speak.

Both the Fresno State NAACP and FPD acknowledge the significance of the event which led to no arrests or violence.

Fresno Police Department Captain Joe Alvarez commented that FPD, “support people’s civil liberties and their constitutional rights and we support peaceful demonstrations.”

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