Protests over police killings aim at occupying interstates


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — Authorities made more than 160 arrests in Louisiana’s capital during a long hot weekend of protests over killings by police, with only one reported injury among the ranks when an officer was hit by a projectile.

Police in riot gear kept protesters from entering Interstate 110 in Baton Rouge on Sunday, thwarting a tactic activists have attempted around in the country in the aftermath of the killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

More than a thousand demonstrators left a Black Lies Matter rally in Memphis, Tennessee, and occupied a Mississippi River bridge Sunday night, temporarily halting traffic on Interstate 40. Hundreds walked onto I-264 in Portsmouth, Virginia, marooning motorists for hours.

Demonstrators failed to block highways in Atlanta, and in San Francisco in recent days.

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