Protesters Blocked Roads in US During Protests Over Shootings

Time: 11:33 p.m. CEST

Reactions after the shootings of two black men by police officers continued in the United States over the weekend. Protests and gatherings of angered population closed some of the main roads in several cities in the U.S., where police officers arrested some protesters, and there has been various confrontations during the protests.

Protesters were on the streets for three days in a row with concerns about police behavior toward some residents. The discontent erupts after the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, 37 by police in Baton Rouge on Tuesday and the death of Philando Castile, 32  on Wednesday in a suburb in St.Paul, Minnesota.

Several protests mark the nights in biggest metropolis, New York City, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Minneapolis, St. Paul. Hundreds of protesters shut down I-94, a major thoroughfare linking the Twin Cities, slowing down the traffic.

In St.Paul police clashed with protesters, where after being told to disperse, demonstrators threw rocks, bottles and construction at police officers. St. Paul police said three police officers were injured.

“Protesters at the scene said police fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Police said early on Sunday they had begun clearing the highway of debris in preparation for re-opening it,” Reuters reports.

In Baton Rouge riot police confronted with Black Panther activists, several of whom, Reuters says, “carried shotguns.” According to the law, it is allowed in Louisiana to carrie weapons openly. Reuters says, prominent black activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate Deray McKesson was among those arrested.

Protests happened in Nashville, Indianapolis, San Francisco. In New York City, there was a familiar slogans, “No racist police, no justice, no peace.” Police arrested a dozen protesters for closing down a highway.





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