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Hundreds demonstrate in support of SLO County district attorney 

–Hundreds of people turned out Thursday for a demonstration in support of San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow. Dow has been the target of recent protests regarding the possible prosecution of 20-year-old activist Tianna Arata.

The event started at 5 p.m. in front of the San Luis Obispo County Government Center. Many more arrived after they got off work around 5:30 p.m.

“One woman got the boom box and some signs, but we didn’t need money,” said organizer Erik Gorham of the event. “Several people donated flags and the atmosphere was joyous. It turned out to be a great event. That’s how it should be, kind of grass roots.”

Pastor Brad Elijah of New Day Church in Paso Robles, at left, talked about the values that America was founded on. Pictured at right, attendee Chris Arend holds a flag in front of the San Luis Obispo Courthouse.

Gorham and one other speaker talked to the crowd. Pastor Brad Elijah of New Day Church in Paso Robles talked about the values that America was founded on. “That we hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal in the sight of God. To stand firm on those principles, and not to give in to the emotional sentiments that we all see surrounding us.”

Pictured at left, organizer Erik Gorham addresses the crowd. Pictured at right, pets Daisy and Sister were in attendance.

District Attorney Dan Dow did not attend the event. He and his family have been targeted by protesters over the potential prosecution of 20-year-old activist Tianna Arata, who allegedly led protesters onto the 101 freeway during a demonstration in late July. San Luis Obispo police have recommended that Arata be charged with multiple offenses, including several felonies. Dow is expected to file charges against Arata on Sept. 3.

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