Several hundred in Pittsburgh protest police shootings

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 10, 2016 7:39 AM

(Pittsburgh) -- After a parade to mark Pittsburgh's 200th anniversary as a city, protesters marched in the western Pennsylvania city over recent police shootings across the country.

Several hundred people, some affiliated with the Black Lives Matter group, gathered at Point State Park on Saturday afternoon and marched, chanting, through the downtown area to the county courthouse.

The crowd paused briefly to mark the spot where transit police shot and killed a man who had stabbed a police dog to death.

Police said the marchers occasionally blocked traffic but the event was peaceful.

Earlier, thousands took part in the bicentennial celebration featuring marching groups of descendants of city mayors - dating back to Ebenezer Denny, Pittsburgh's first mayor - and puppets of Pittsburgh luminaries such as Henry Clay Frick and Andy Warhol.

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