Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Thousands of Protesters Gather in US Cities After Dallas Shooting

Thousands of Protesters Gather in US Cities After Dallas Shooting

Thousands of people took to the streets of cities across the U.S. Friday night - many against the backdrop of watchful riot gear-wearing police - following the police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the deadly sniper attack on police officers in Dallas.

Hundreds of demonstrators outraged by police killings of blacks elsewhere in the nation held a sit-in outside the Georgia governor's mansion in Atlanta late Monday, marking the fifth straight day of protests in the capital city.

Protesters march through an intersection in Atlanta before settling at the governor's mansion.


Skylar Barrett walks with an American flag in the middle of the street during a march through the Buckhead neighborhood against the recent police shootings of African-Americans on Monday, July 11, 2016, in Atlanta.

Police protests were calm and lightly attended in Denver on Monday, when a group of about 50 waved signs decrying police killings while a smaller group entered a fourth day of quietly mourning blacks killed by police in the previous year.

"It is fundamentally unfair to everyone", said Reed, flanked by his staff, more than a dozen of APD's top brass, and several Atlanta councilmembers. Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall told Creative Loafing the protesters never should have marched toward the highway. Drive. Standing on the highway, I watched protesters who, lane by lane, forced cars to slam on their brakes in an effort to choke off northbound traffic.

Atlanta reportedly saw the largest demonstration with almost 2,000 people blocking an interstate ramp during a march organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). And although protesters blocked traffic and faced off with law enforcement, only two people were arrested. "I ask the protestors to continue to demonstrate in a peaceful fashion", Reed said. It also says that "failure to comply with the warning can result in an arrest".

A group of protesters formed a human chain on one street, sitting down to block the street.

At least one demand has already been met. Jackson said the protesters who had been arrested would be released with a signature bond.

Sixteen demonstrators were arrested Monday night in Atlanta, police spokeswoman Kay Jones said.

Following the meeting, Chief Turner spoke with the press about what was discussed in the police command vehicle.

The "Black Lives Matter" movement continues to fight on behalf of the racial injustices taking place around the United States, and they have finally won over the ears of one politician, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Sterling was killed during an altercation outside a convenience store with two white police officers. He said officers also are affected by the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday evening as a peaceful protest against police shootings wound down.

But while many protesters said they could use an ice-cold lemonade - the weather remained hot and muggy well after midnight - their primary demands had nothing to do with fast food.

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