Activators have taken to the streets of San Francisco to demand that authorities release a number of convicted murderers and other inmates.
Activists staged a rally on Wednesday in front of the San Francisco Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge to demand a jailbreak for convicted murderers, a practice the group calls “deadly”.
“We’re calling on the San Franciscans to make a break from their daily lives and join us in demanding justice for these murderers,” the group said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This is not about money, this is about human rights, this does not have to be about money.
This is about justice.”
The group has called on authorities to release more than 60 people on bail who were convicted of killing or attempting to kill people in the past.
The group, which is known as the Bay Area Organizing Project, said that at least 11 people had been released from San Francisco jails without bail.
Some of those released were convicted in the death of San Jose police officer Jose Baez.
Baez, 42, was shot dead on July 17, 2016.
One person who has been released was convicted of the killing of Oakland Police Officer Andrew “Chico” Garcia.
Garcia, 42 and former San Francisco police officer Joseph “Jojo” Arruda, was convicted in 2015 of murder in the first degree.
More than a dozen people have been charged in connection with the case.
The case is being prosecuted by the Bay County District Attorney’s Office.
A Bay Area Police Department spokesman said they were aware of the protests and had not seen any arrests.
At least two dozen people were arrested after the group marched from the San Jose Convention Center to the Bay Bridge.
Earlier in the day, protesters set up camp in front the Golden State Warriors arena and staged a “die-in” in the stadium’s lobby.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the demonstration was “a direct threat to the health and safety of San Francisco citizens.”
“The protesters have put the lives of our officers and the citizens of San Franiscos city in danger by trying to disrupt the peaceful and lawful exercise of our right to free speech and protest,” Lee said in statement.
Lee added that the city had been “totally prepared for the possibility of a violent confrontation” by the protesters.
In the wake of the murder of Baez in San Jose, the city of San Diego became the latest city to hold an event in solidarity with the city.
Since January, the California Highway Patrol has held rallies in several cities in the Golden, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.