Astevana Shaya, 28, of Sterling Heights, Mich., wears a Chaldeans Lives Matter T-shirt at the protest, Monday, June 12, 2017 in Sterling Heights, Mich. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP) /Detroit News via AP)
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