Rallies, vigils across the country after back-to-back police shootings, ambush in Dallas

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People across the United States are planning to come together Friday and this weekend in reaction to back-to-back police shootings caught on video this week and Thursday night’s deadly shooting of five Dallas police officers.

The Dallas killings took place during a street protest over police violence. Videos showing two African-American men shot by police earlier this week in Louisiana and Minnesota spurred protests and debate over police use of force.

Here’s a look at some of the planned rallies:


The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP has organized a “march for justice” at 6 p.m. Friday at Centennial Olympic Park, starting at the nearby National Center for Civil and Human Rights museum.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a “hundred or so” protesters marched in the city’s downtown Thursday night, some chanting “no justice, no peace; no racist police” in the wake of the videotaped killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile near Minneapolis — both at the hands of police officers.

Austin, Texas

The Texas governor’s mansion will be lit in blue as a tribute to the five slain police officers, according to a statement from Gov. Greg Abbott.


According to its Facebook page, the Baltimore-based People’s Power Assemblies is asking people to join a “vigil and rally” in the city’s downtown at 6 p.m. ET Friday “to demand justice for Alton Sterling and for all victims of police terror.”

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The city’s NAACP chapter was holding what it calls a “rally for justice” on Friday. Baton Rouge is where Alton Sterling was shot and killed by a police officer this week.


Black Lives Matter is asking its supporters to join together at 6 p.m. ET at Make Shift Boston, “to mourn our lost, organize our people, and celebrate our resistance.”


An interfaith prayer vigil was held Friday in Dallas to honor the police officers killed in a sniper-style attack, CNN affiliate KTRK reported.

Los Angeles

Black Lives Matter organizers are planning a 7 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) event at Los Angeles’ Underground Museum “in honor of #AltonSterling, #WakieshaWilson, #KeithBursey, and #RedelJones.”

Earlier in the day, rappers Snoop Dogg and The Game led a peaceful demonstration at LAPD headquarters, the LA Times reported.

Montgomery, Alabama

The mayor held a prayer vigil Friday to show solidarity with the Dallas Police Department, reports CNN affiliate WSFA.


A vigil for Sterling and Castile is scheduled to take place in Nashville’s public square Friday at 7 p.m. ET, according to the city’s Black Lives Matters Facebook page.


Philadelphia’s Black Live Matters is calling for a “black-only healing space for black Philadelphians and organizers who need a space to grieve, scream, shout, cry.” That event is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. ET, according to the group’s Facebook page.

San Francisco

San Francisco’s ANSWER coalition is planning to hold a protest Friday at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET).

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