Topless demonstrators shut down a busy downtown San Francisco street on Thursday during rush hour to protest police brutality against unarmed black women. The protesters were using the hashtag #SayHerName and held up signs and photos to protest the deaths Aiyana Jones, Tanisha Anderson, Yvette Smith, Rekia Boyd, and several other black women and girls who have died at the hands of law enforcement officer in recent years. The protest was part of a nationwide day of action, following Wednesday’s release of the African-American Policy Forum’s report “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women,” which highlights the stories of black women who have suffered from alleged police brutality. The protesters said that rallies against police brutality often overlooked the experiences of black women who suffered the same fate as men as Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown. ”We also understand that we live in a country that commodifies black women and black bodies but ignores the death of black women and black girls,” said Chinyere Tutashinda, founding member of the BlackOut Collective and a member of the Bay Area chapter of Black Lives Matter. Protests and vigils took place in cities across the country, including New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans.
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