Protestors across the U.S. continued Friday night, as people decried police brutality over the killing of two African-American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, earlier this week.
Friday’s protests came a day after a 25-year-old Army veteran went on a shooting rampage killing five police officers in downtown Dallas late Thursday.
After four days of peaceful protests in Baton Rouge, La., over the shooting death of Sterling by a police officer, tensions between police and protesters escalated.
A protest near police headquarters started like others throughout the week, with clogged traffic and chants of “No justice, no peace; no racist police.”
By about 7 p.m., with the demonstrators growing to about 200, a line of police officers wearing riot gear with shields and assault-style weapons advanced on the crowd to move them off the busy street.
Tensions continued as demonstrators threw bottles and apples at police. Elected officials, including Democratic state Sen. Regina Barrow, urged protesters to leave the area and participate in a later march to the state Capitol.
The tension peaked around 10 p.m. when police ordered protesters to leave. Several people were handcuffed and loaded into a police van before the crowd began to disperse.
A smaller but vocal crowd remained in a standoff with police, and about 11 p.m. city official began erecting barricades to keep protesters out of the roadway.
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