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People across US gather to protest recent police shootings

Protests and related events nationwide Monday after the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and the deadly sniper attack on police officers in Dallas:

COLORADO

Police protests were calm and lightly attended in Denver on Monday, when a group of about 50 waved signs decrying police killings while a smaller group entered a fourth day of quietly mourning blacks killed by police in the last year.

The demonstrations outside the state Capitol attracted a mixed-race crowd and supporters bringing water, fruit and sandwiches to support the efforts. A handful of police stood watch from about a block away.

The Denver observations were a marked contrast from charged police protests in some cities. None of the protesters attempted to block the streets during a busy lunchtime hour. Instead the protesters kept to a park to wave signs and mourn.

Protesters say they were inspired to protest by cases around the country of police killing young black men.


GEORGIA

Demonstrators in Atlanta gathered for a fifth consecutive night, blocking the road outside a mall before marching to the governor’s mansion, where they staged a sit-in.

Mayor Kasim Reed said earlier Monday that about 15,000 people attended various protests over the weekend in Atlanta. Reed said 14 people were arrested Saturday and Sunday by the Atlanta Police Department, and two others were arrested by the Georgia State Patrol.

Local media reported Reed and Police Chief George Turner appeared at the sit-in Monday night, where they spoke privately with protest leaders.

Most of the several hundred who had gathered headed home shortly after midnight, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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