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Hundreds arrested in protests over shootings by police

Posted at 11:33 AM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 11:39:49-04

After another night of intense, and sometimes violent, protests against the police shootings of black men, hundreds of demonstrators were either in jail or waiting to get out on Sunday.

At least 198 people were arrested in Chicago and New York and in St. Paul, Minn., and Baton Rouge, La., where two black men were shot to death by police. The killings were captured on cell phones and have sparked several days of protests.

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, a public school administrator who is considered among the movement’s loudest voices, was among 125 people arrested Saturday night in Baton Rouge. Mckesson was protesting the death of Alton Sterling.

On Tuesday, Sterling, 37, was near a convenience store where he regularly sold CDs and DVDs. A homeless man approached him and asked for money, becoming so persistent that Sterling showed him his gun, a source told CNN. Police were called. Cell phone videos captured two officers wrestling Sterling to the ground and shooting him.

On Saturday night, Mckesson was walking along a major roadway and live-streamed his arrest for obstruction on Saturday on Periscope.

In St. Paul, about 50 protesters were arrested. They were demonstrating against the killing of Philando Castile, a school nutrition services supervisor. Last week, Castile was driving a car and was with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, when they were pulled over for a broken taillight.

Reynolds posted a Facebook video of the incident. Castile told the officer he was armed and had a concealed carry permit, she said. The officer asked him for his license and registration and as he went to retrieve those items, the officer shot him multiple times, she explains as the recording continues, capturing the horror.

The killings have saddened and angered Americans of all racial backgrounds, and spurred thousands to march. There have been mostly peaceful demonstrations in Chicago, where three were arrested Saturday. Throngs protested in New York City, where 20 people were arrested.

Demonstrations have unfolded in cities including Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.