Po­lice shoot­ings: Protests spread with dozens of ar­rests

Daily Trust - - STRANGE STORIES -

Protests against the shoot­ings of two black men by po­lice of­fi­cers shut down main ar­ter­ies in a num­ber of U.S. cities on Satur­day, lead­ing to nu­mer­ous ar­rests, scuf­fles and in­juries in con­fronta­tions be­tween po­lice and de­mon­stra­tors.

Un­de­terred by height­ened con­cerns about safety at protests af­ter a lone gun­man killed five po­lice of­fi­cers in Dallas Thurs­day night, or­ga­niz­ers went ahead with marches in the big­gest me­trop­o­lis, New York City, and Wash­ing­ton D.C., the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, among other cities.

It was the third straight day of wide­spread protests af­ter the fa­tal shoot­ing of Al­ton Ster­ling, 37, by po­lice in Ba­ton Rouge on Tues­day and the death of Phi­lando Castile, 32, on Wed­nes­day night in a St. Paul, Min­nesota sub­urb, cities which both saw heated protests on Satur­day.

Pro­test­ers, told to dis­perse, threw rocks, bot­tles and con­struc­tion re­bar at of­fi­cers, in­jur­ing at least three, St. Paul po­lice said. Po­lice made ar­rests and used smoke bombs and mark­ing rounds to dis­perse the crowd.

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