IN PHOTOS: More than 1,000 peaceful protesters marched through Downtown

A sit-in protest at Long Beach City Hall, which began with several hundred people, quickly developed into a march of over 1,000 through the streets of Downtown Long Beach, Thursday evening.

Prior to the march, Mayor Robert Garcia answered questions from protesters about police brutality and police actions during Sunday’s protest.

Mayor Robert Garcia answers protester questions outside Long Beach City Hall, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

“People are frustrated. People want systemic change in the criminal justice system and government, and I understand that,” Garcia said. “It is my job to go out and listen. It doesn’t matter how hard it is or what people say or how angry they are—it’s our job to listen, so that’s what I’m doing. I totally understand their anger and they have a right to be angry.”

This is the second consecutive day Garcia fielded protester questions outside of city hall.

The protest remained peaceful throughout, with no incidents reported by police.

Over 1,000 protesters march down Ocean Boulevard to the Long Beach Civic Center closing down the street, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Residents cheer on protesters as they march down Magnolia Avenue in Downtown Long Beach, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Protesters gather at Long Beach City Hall, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Over 1,000 peaceful protesters march down Broadway in Downtown Long Beach, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Protesters pass a memorial for a man and his dog killed during a police pursuit May 29 when the suspect ran a red light at 6th Street and Magnolia Avenue. Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson

Two protesters lead more than 1,000 people through the streets of Downtown Long Beach, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Mayor Robert Garcia listens to protester questions outside Long Beach City Hall, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Over 1,000 people gathered at Long Beach City Hall to protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Over 1,000 peaceful protesters march through Downtown Long Beach, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Mayor Robert Garcia addresses a group of peaceful protesters outside Long Beach City Hall, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Protesters marched along Ocean Boulevard in Downtown Long Beach, forcing drivers to detour, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Mayor Robert Garcia addresses peaceful protesters outside Long Beach City Hall, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

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