Baton Rouge police redirect traffic away from a protest march that resulted in scores of arrests after a march on July 10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP
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Officers stared down hundreds of shouting protesters near a ramp onto Interstate 110 in Louisiana's capital Sunday night before another squad in riot gear arrived to make arrests.Earlier Sunday, some 2,000 people rallied outside the Capitol building to protest police killings of black people, State Police Maj. After a lengthy standoff, more police in full riot gear moved in, pinning some of the protesters as others fled. Some 30 to 40 people were jailed for trying to block a highway, sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said. Tensions between black citizens and police have risen palpably over the past week or so amid police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana and the gunning down of five white police officers by a black suspect in Dallas in apparent retaliation.Don Coppola, blamed some violence and the large number of arrests on outside agitators. One officer lost teeth to a projectile thrown outside police headquarters, and police also confiscated three rifles, three shotguns and two pistols during that protest, he wrote in an email. The list of those arrested released by the sheriff's office included two homeless people, and 18 are from out of state, including Mckesson.
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