Arrests made in Baton Rouge protests; Atlanta protesters in standoff with police on highway

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Protesters in Atlanta, Georgia marching against police brutality have shut down Interstate-75 and the northbound side of Interstate-85, where a large police presence is preventing them from advancing further. Meanwhile, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, some arrests have been made in protests there.

Thousands of people rallied in Atlanta, Georgia and Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday to protest the recent police-involved deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both African-American men, in Louisiana and Minnesota respectively.


A more local matter important to many Atlanta protesters is the recent hanging of a black man in Piedmont Park, though that death remains under investigation and has not yet been ruled a homicide.

Initially, they rallied at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, then marched to the broadcasting studios of CNN, and blocked a full section of the highway near the studios, facing a line of police.

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 Local CBS-affiliate WGCL reported that, despite the largely peaceful gathering, some of the officers in riot gear, including masks and with shields, were spat upon, slapped and had water bottles thrown at them by some of the demonstrators. However, there are no reports of any arrests.

Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted out a warning to those entering the highway, saying,“you endanger your own life,” adding, “We are better than that.”

If you enter the highway, you endanger your own life, the lives of innocent motorists & the lives of our officers. We are better than that.

Among the several groups attending the rally were Black Lives Matter and the Georgia NAACP, who insist that race is still an issue in the US and that people need to rally for a better society.

Organizers said the march ended at 8:00 p.m., but some participants continued to march. The mood appeared jubilant, though some marchers took issue with police shooing them out of the streets and onto the sidewalks.

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1 Comment on Arrests made in Baton Rouge protests; Atlanta protesters in standoff with police on highway

  1. There are more black on black murders than this government sponsored
    terrorism funded by Soros Goldman Sachs JP Morgan. Lets take the focus off Hillary and prepare to take the guns from Americans. Use the government sponsored terrorism to justify Marshall Law and take your guns and keep Obama as dictator. Elections will be off.

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