Protesters chanted "I can't breathe" and "Toy gun, don't shoot" outside Golden Hall where the San Diego City Council and the public were gathering inside Wednesday morning for the swearing in of City Councilman Chris Cate and three re-elected members of the panel.
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San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria and Councilwoman Sherri Lightner lead the audience in a pledge of allegiance during the City Council inauguration ceremonies, Dec. 10, 2014.
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Chris Cates waits in the audience prior to getting sworn in as a council member for District 6.
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Chris Cate gets his photo taken before getting sworn in as a city council member.
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Chris Cate gets sworn in as a San Diego city councilman by his father, a California Highway Patrol officer, while his fiancé held the Bible.
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Chris Cate gives a speech after being sworn in as a San Diego city council member.
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At a San Diego City Council inauguration ceremony, Mark Jones leads a group protesting police brutality, Dec. 10, 2014.
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A San Diego police officer talks with protest leader Mark Jones during a demonstration at Golden Hall during the City Council inauguration ceremony, Dec. 10, 2014.
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Some protesters at the San Diego City Council inauguration ceremony Wednesday wore hoodies that read "Don't Shoot," Dec. 10, 2014.
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Protesters held their hands up and put their hands around their throats while members of the City Council gave speeches during an inauguration ceremony Wednesday.
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Protesters at the San Diego City Council inauguration ceremonies lie down during inauguration speeches while members of the San Diego police force sit nearby. The group was protesting police brutality.
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Protesters staged a "die-in" Wednesday during the San Diego City Council inauguration ceremonies.
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Protesters lie on the ground protesting police brutality while audience members listen to speeches by members of the City Council during an inauguration ceremony Wednesday.
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One of the protesters against police brutality in downtown San Diego's Golden Hall. The protesters attended the San Diego City Council inauguration ceremonies on Wednesday.
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San Diegans protested police brutality while members of the police force watched the San Diego City Council inauguration ceremony at Golden Hall, Dec. 10, 2014.
The group then attended the inauguration ceremony where they staged a protest inside Golden Hall. The protesters first stood with hands raised before lying down on the floor and staging a "die-in."
Cate, who was the vice president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, won the runoff election last month for District 6, which includes Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa and part of Clairemont. A Republican, he defeated Democrat Carol Kim.
City Council elections are nonpartisan but party politics are often a factor in the races and after the members begin to govern.
Cate is a former council staff member for Republican Kevin Faulconer, who became mayor this year.
After taking the oath of office from his father, a California Highway Patrol officer, Cate said he and his staff would work to reduce traffic congestion and support small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Mark Jones, who led the rally, handed Cate a document listing the changes the group was seeking. Jones said the group was a coalition of people from universities and colleges in San Diego.
Cate's inauguration allowed the council to choose a new leader. Such a vote had been scheduled for Monday due to a quirk in the council rules, but it was postponed until Wednesday so he could vote on the decision.
Tarryn Mento served as KPBS' health reporter. She had previously worked as the multimedia producer for MetroFocus at WNET in New York City. She was also a Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic. Tarryn has reported from three countries and in two languages. Her work has been published by The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News, and El Nuevo Herald. She completed her master's degree at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where she was named a Carnegie-Knight News 21 Fellow. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Tarryn completed her undergraduate education in journalism at SUNY-Albany.