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Protests rock American cities, arrests in Baton Rouge

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]>> More protests over police shootings spilling out into the streets of major cities across America this past weekend. Rallies in Baton Rouge Sunday night taking an ugly turn. At least 48 people were arrested while protesting the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of Baton Rouge police, when they walked off a pre-approved route toward the police department's headquarters.
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Reuters photographer Shannon Stapleton is in Baton Rouge.>> And they were chanting, but it was very peaceful. You know, I was at Ferguson in the latter months of it and then I was in Baltimore, and I've done my share of these. But they were definitely not instigating, they were very peaceful and next thing you know, the police showed up in riot gear, and guns drawn, gas masks on, in serious mass form.
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And they were making their way up the street, which I found really odd, because it was just this random street, and the people weren't doing anything. And they weren't even blocking traffic, it was Sunday night in Baton Rouge, it was really slow. The officers started pushing forward and pushing people back, and then they were grabbing and taking people in.
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>> In Memphis, Tennessee, protesters marching late into the night, calling for police reform. And in Inglewood, California, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters blocking a freeway. Bringing traffic to a standstill.>> There's power in numbers. So we wanted to come out and show them that we have the power, we have the numbers.
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>> In St. Paul, Minnesota, 21 officers were injured on Saturday when they were pelted with rocks, bottles, construction material, and fireworks. The protests in the Twin Cities in response to the police shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile streamed live on Facebook by his fiance, Diamond Reynolds. The two mens' deaths spurred a shooter in Dallas to kill five police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest last Thursday.
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With American cities rocked by protests, at least three countries, including the Bahamas, have warned their citizens to stay on guard when visiting the US.