A coalition of East Palo Alto groups will hold a City Hall to City Hall march into Palo Alto Sunday to protest Palo Alto Police Chief Lynne Johnson's remarks about the department's policy of questioning African Americans.
The East Palo Alto African-American Leadership, the Coalition for Change and One East Palo Alto have invited area residents to participate in "March on Palo Alto: A Rally to End Racial Profiling."
The march will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday and go from the East Palo Alto City Hall, 2415 University Ave., to the Palo Alto City Hall, 285 Hamilton Ave.
The march is "to expose and eliminate the Palo Alto Police Department's long-standing practice of racial profiling against African-Americans and other people of color," according to a press release.
Johnson has been fiercely criticized since she acknowledged at a community meeting last week that the department's officers were instructed to make "consensual contact" with African Americans. She made the comment while talking about Palo Alto's recent string of robberies and the department's response. In 10 of the 16 robberies, perpetrators were described by victims as black males.
Johnson had since apologized, retracted her statements and said her department does not condone racial profiling in any way. She also said she is putting together a plan to repair the damage made by her comments last week.