Black Lives Matter demonstrators stopped traffic in Stockton for several hours on Thursday to protest police brutality.
Mothers in the group said they are still waiting for justice for their children.
“If I have to do it on my own, or with the people here who love me, we are going to get this police reform,” said Stephanie Hatten Burrise, who is demanding justice for her son, Antwone Burrise, who was shot and killed by Stockton police in July.
Dionne Smith Downs settled with the city after her 16-year-old son James Rivera was shot and killed by Stockton police during a carjacking in 2010.
“I feel that Stockton needs to wake up,” she said.
“Stop shooting our people down in the streets,” added Denise Hall Friday, whose son, Colby Friday, was killed by Stockton police in August 2016.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office said in July 2018 the shooting was “justified under the circumstances.”
Thursday’s protest was held at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and West March Lane.
Demonstrators blocked traffic as they marched northbound on Pacific Avenue, before eventually turning back after reaching Benjamin Holt.
At one point, counter-protestors playing the “Star-Spangled Banner” out of a car incited some dialogue between both sides involved in the demonstration.
The protest ended at around 8 p.m.