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7/11/16

USA - Police Brutality:Rallies continue across USA protesting shootings by police

More than 1,000 people on Sunday returned for a second day of protests in the wake of last week's shooting death of Alton Sterling at the hands of police. Elsewhere in the USA, similar protests roiled other cities.

In the Louisiana capital, where Sterling died on Tuesday, at least 12 people were arrested after police and protesters clashed. In one instance, a man was arrested as he ran from a scene where a brick and bottle were thrown.

Hundreds of people briefly blocked traffic on the 405 Freeway in Inglewood, Los Angeles, late Sunday.

There were no arrests and no reports of violence, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The arrests came less than a day after more than 130 protesters were arrested overnight,
including prominent Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson, who was released on bond Sunday after being arrested late Saturday on the side of a highway while videotaping a protest.

Mckesson, who turned 31 on Saturday, had traveled to Louisiana from his native Baltimore to join the protest on behalf of Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was shot and killed outside of a convenience store by two white police officers.

In Memphis, several hundred people gathered in downtown Memphis Sunday for a Black Lives Matter rally that turned into a march that shut down traffic on the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River.

Traffic was at a standstill on both sides of the bridge by about 7 p.m. as the crowd on the bridge swelled to more than 1,000.

In the nation's capital a rally for peace and justice took place near the White House, organized by local churches. A prayer vigil was also scheduled for later in the day at the African American Civil War Memorial.

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