12:05 GMT20 September 2020
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    Police in the Western US city of San Francisco arrested 33 protesters calling for the ouster of Police Chief Greg Suhr, local media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Protesters went on a hunger strike on April 21 after two police shootings of minorities in the city’s Mission District and news of officers exchanging derogatory text messages. Five were hospitalized on Friday due to deteriorating health.

    San Francisco Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Eileen Hirst told the San Francisco Gate daily that 33 people, including one minor, were arrested after defying six orders to disperse.

    They were detained on suspicion of trespassing and failure to disperse and were in the process of being released, Hirst added.

    Over the past year, numerous protests have been held around the United States following several cases of officer-involved deaths of primarily African American men. The incidents have triggered a national debate about racial inequality and police violence in African-American communities.


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