Dozens of #BlackLivesMatter protest spring up all across the country last night
Protesters across the nation marched, engaging in confrontations in some spots but mostly peacefully elsewhere, decrying police brutality over the killing of two African-American men this week.
They wept, held signs and chanted, “black lives matter.”
Tensions ran high between police and protesters in some cities, resulting in dozens of arrests in upstate New York, a handful of reported arrests elsewhere and scattered scuffles. The Friday protests came a day after a sniper killed five police officers during a demonstration in Dallas.
Crowds gathered for an interfaith prayer vigil in Dallas to honor the fallen officers, CNN affiliate KTRK reported.
Black Lives Matter condemned the violence in the Dallas attack, calling it a tragedy not just for those affected but the nation as well.
“Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman,” the group said in a statement on its website. “To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.”
Friday’s anti-police brutality demonstrations were held in several cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans, Nashville, Phoenix, San Francisco and New York.