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.
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.
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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