Protests spread to cities nationwide over this week's police shootings

Protests spread to cities nationwide over this week's police shootings

Protests spread to cities nationwide over this week's police shootings

Sterling was shot by a police officer outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La. on Tuesday morning. It's the only record the public has seen of Sterling's death - reportedly, the body cameras worn by the officers involved became dislodged as Sterling was restrained, and it has also been reported that police confiscated the security camera footage recorded by the convenience store.

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In Chicago, protesters shut down a stretch of the Dan Ryan Expressway - one of Chicago's main arteries - for about 10 minutes on Thursday.

People protest in NY, following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Police eventually cleared the intersection of 7th Avenue and 42nd Street to let traffic proceed.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton made a brief appearance in an attempt to quell the crowd.

"Would this have happened if the driver and the passengers were white? I don't think it would have". The paperwork was released on Thursday after the Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation into the 37-year-old man shooting. Both shootings are now under federal investigation. He linked to a video of the aftermath of Castile's shooting.

"The family just wants it to be peaceful", he said. That's why we have our wonderful freedoms living in America. In his remarks, Edwards asked citizens to be patient as the U.S. Department of Justice begins a criminal investigation into the shooting.

Cellphone video of his shooting was posted online and set off angry protests in this city of about 229,000, where 54 percent of the population is black and more than 25 percent live in poverty. Called BRAVE, the initiative was founded in 2012 and works to connect those involved in gangs with services like counseling, employment help and more. Ronnie Horton, who just hours before the shooting had purchased CDs from Sterling for his young daughter, said Sterling told him he needed a gun for protection because a friend of his, who also sold CDs, had been robbed. He said he shares feelings of "anger, frustration and grief" that police killings have triggered across the country.

The officers, identified by the chief as Blane Salamoni, a four-year member of the department, and Howie Lake II, who has been on the force for three years, were placed on administrative leave, standard department procedure. The former recommended, among other things, better police-community relations and college educated officers.

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The FBI refused to confirm or deny the police department's claim. "That they understand they are here first and foremost to protect and serve".

Sterling, who was black, was shot and killed Tuesday by two white Baton Rouge police officers.

"We have to make sure that law enforcement people are the professionals we all want them to be", he said.

"It's hard out here for a black man in 2016", she said.

My heart aches as I watch family members grieve for their lost loved ones at news conferences. Neither did 10 other officer-involved shootings documented in Baton Rouge over the past few years.

He said police need to make more of an effort to be part of the community.

"Fuck", a distraught man is heard screaming in the video. "I told him not to reach for it".

Protest leader Angela Kinlaw decried the 22-year-old Harris' death as a state-sanctioned murder of a black man by police.

Caitlin described the mood in Baton Rouge earlier Thursday, and said people are still digesting events. Police say he was armed and an eyewitness said he had a gun in his pocket.

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