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Police shootings of black men draw Philadelphia protests

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 7, 2016 5:13 PM
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(Philadelphia) _ More rush-hour protests are planned in downtown Philadelphia over fatal shootings of black men by police.

Activists and members of the black clergy scheduled marches Thursday night to City Hall and other locations.

They are protesting police shootings this week  in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the next day in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Video of the Philando Castile's death in Minnesota spread just hours after footage was released showing the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

Castile was killed during a traffic stop. Sterling was shot during an altercation outside of a store where he was selling CDs. Both cases remain under investigation.

Demonstrators responding to the Louisiana shooting were arrested Wednesday after blocking an on-ramp to Interstate 676, a major thoroughfare through downtown Philadelphia.

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