Protesters march outside San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s home near Point Loma

Protesters march through San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's neighborhood on June 29, 2020.
(Ariana Drehsler)

The protest was at least the third to target the mayor’s home since nationwide demonstrations began last month following the death of George Floyd


Roughly 100 protesters marched Monday night through Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s neighborhood near Point Loma, calling on him to defund the San Diego Police Department.

Protesters chanted slogans including “All love, no peace” and “Abolish the police” while calling on the mayor to come outside and speak to them. Faulconer did not emerge from the house, which was being protected by a line of police officers. It was unclear if he was there.

“The mayor was too cowardly to come out,” one organizer told the crowd a little before 9 p.m.

The protest came two nights after San Diego officers shot a man in downtown San Diego. Police say the man, Leonardo Hurtado Ibarra, was a robbery suspect who pointed a gun at the officers.

In an unprecedented act of transparency, San Diego police released several photographs taken from the shooting scene within hours of the incident and released video of the shooting within 24 hours.

This was at least the third time protesters have taken their grievances directly to the mayor’s home near Point Loma.

On June 8, protesters marched in front of Faulconer’s home chanting “Shame on you!” following a marathon City Council meeting at which the council voted 8-1 to approve a new city budget that boosted the police budget, despite hearing hours of public comments urging them to cut funding for the police.

Protesters in dozens of vehicles drove through the mayor’s neighborhood and other parts of San Diego on May 30 — a demonstration that was largely overshadowed when a separate protest that same day in La Mesa turned riotous.

The group organizing the protest had over the weekend tweeted some of its demands, including that Faulconer “veto the SDPD budget increase” and create a third-party committee to “investigate and regulate police misconduct.”

Faulconer recently threw his support behind an independent Commission on Police Practices that will provide oversight of the Police Department, if voters approve of a measure expected to go before them in November.

The organizers, in a tweet sent Sunday morning, also called for the release of body-camera footage from Saturday night’s shooting of Ibarra, which police officials released later in the day.

On Monday night, the protesters peacefully marched around Faulconer’s block several times. At least one neighbor stood outside holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign.

Protesters got into a shouting match with another neighbor, Kat Norris, who told the Union-Tribune that she is a physician who supports the Black Lives Matter movement and better funding for social services. But she said that calls to “defund the police” were undercutting the message.

A little before 9 p.m., the protesters knelt for a minute of silence.

“We were silent, but we refuse to be silent,” an organizer said after.

Organizers then said those who didn’t want to be arrested or cited should leave, but others planned to stay and make noise, and were prepared to be arrested. The group that stayed dwindled over the course of an hour before leaving. No arrests were made.

Before the protest, the SDPD’s Western Division lieutenant, Chris Tivanian, told protesters that they had to keep marching and could not stand in front of the mayor’s house.

San Diego’s municipal code makes it “unlawful for any person to engage in picketing before or about the residence or dwelling of any individual” in the city.


9:24 a.m. June 30, 2020: This story was updated to show the protest ended with no arrests.