>> Protests against the shooting deaths of two black men by police last week leading to scores of arrests as demonstrators clashed with law enforcement Saturday night. Undeterred by heightened safety concerns after a lone gunman killed five officers at an otherwise peaceful black lives matter protest in Dallas Thursday.
Organizers marched in cities from New York to Atlanta to San Francisco. It was the third straight day of protests since the killings of 37 year old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and 32 year old Philando Castile in a Minneapolis suburb. The shootings re-igniting anger over the excessive use of force by police following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Freddie Grey in Baltimore, and others.
In St. Paul, Minnesota, hundreds of protesters shut down I-94, a major highway connecting the Twin Cities. Told to disperse, they threw rocks, bottles, even fireworks at officers, injuring at least three.>>
What happened last night and early this morning does a disservice to those that have lost their lives this last week.
Whether it was Philando Castile in Falcon Heights or the officers in Dallas. This is not about grief. This is not about protest. This is about rioting. This is about violence.>> Witnesses say police fired tear gas and rubber bullets. According to reports, about 100 people were arrested. In Baton Rouge, where Black Panther activists, several carrying shotguns, scuffled with riot police, about 30 more were arrested.
Including DeRay McKesson, a member of the Black Lives Matter movement and a former mayoral candidate in Baltimore.