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Thousands march in Atlanta to protest police shootings

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ATLANTA (AP) -

Thousands of people are marching through downtown Atlanta to protest recent police shootings of African-Americans.
    
Demonstrators flooded the streets and brought traffic to a standstill Friday after gathering at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights near Centennial Olympic Park. Protesters held signs and chanted "no justice, no peace" and "hands up, don't shoot."
    
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said earlier in the day that people have the right to protest this weekend but urged them to cooperate with law enforcement. Images from local news helicopters showed a peaceful march.
    
The police chief said his officers are being told to stay "vigilant and professional" after the Dallas shooting that killed five officers and wounded seven others.

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