Hundreds gather in Phoenix to protest police shootings

UPDATE: JULY 8, 2016, AT 10:31 P.M.

Phoenix police officers have deployed tear gas on protesters. A barricade at Fillmore Street is now blocking the protest from moving any further.

On the freeway, police have taken position at various on-ramps to prevent protesters from reaching I-10 and potentially interfering with any traffic.

ORIGINAL STORY: JULY 8, 2016, AT 9:49 P.M.

“Hands up, don’t shoot!” is what was heard in Phoenix tonight.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of City Hall around 8:00 P.M. this evening to protest the shootings of black men by police officers around the country. The protest quickly moved to Phoenix police headquarters before moving to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Tonight’s rally was not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the group itself. The protest was organized by Rev. Jarrett Maupin.

“It is centered on and fueled by a non-violent movement to end racism, police brutality, excessive force, hyper-aggressive policing, racial profiling and racism in general,” Maupin stated.

According to 12 News, Phoenix police reportedly moved one man out of the crowd, but it is not yet known if anyone was arrested during the protest.

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