- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 100 people are holding a peaceful protest at City Hall in their continued push for the removal of San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.

The protest comes two days after five activists ended a hunger strike after they were taken to a hospital.

The “Frisco Five,” as they’re called, refused to eat solid food for 17 days to protest at least two shooting deaths of minorities by police and the revelations that officers exchanged racist and homophobic text messages.

Organizer Ben Bacsierra announced Monday at the protest that most of the five will start eating solid food again Monday.

“They wanted to continue (the hunger strike), but we wanted them on the front lines,” Bacsierra said. “This is a peaceful, totally legal First Amendment practice of our rights.”

On Monday morning, people walked in a circle in front of City Hall, chanting and singing for Suhr’s ouster. Organizers urged people to skip work or school and join them at the picket line on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A police spokeswoman said Monday that the chief has said numerous times he has no intention of resigning.

The protest comes after 33 people were cited inside City Hall for allegedly trespassing and failing to follow dispersal orders Friday. Last week, hundreds of people stormed the building with at least 100 people halting the Board of Supervisors’ weekly meeting for nearly two hours.

“The community is upset. None of the city officials are willing to step up and stand with this; rather they hope it gets brushed under the rug and it ends, but it’s not going to,” said Nick Dozier, 25, who spent a dozen days with the hunger strikers.

UCSF medical student Joshua Connor attended the protest Monday with a dozen of his peers.

“We’ve seen and witnessed the pain that the community is in as a result of this police violence and police impunity,” Connor said

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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