Thousands of people rallied in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday to protest the recent police-involved deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Initially, they rallied at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, then marched to the broadcasting studios of CNN, and blocked a full section of the highway near the studios, facing a line of police.
Local CBS-affiliate WGCL reported that, despite the largely peaceful gathering, some of the officers in riot gear, including masks and with shields, were spat upon, slapped and had water bottles thrown at them by some of the demonstrators. However, there are no reports of any arrests.
Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted out a warning to those entering the highway, saying, “you endanger your own life,” adding, “We are better than that.”
Among the several groups attending the rally were Black Lives Matter and the Georgia NAACP, who insist that race is still an issue in the US and that people need to rally for a better society.
Organizers said the march ended at 8:00 p.m., but some participants continued to march. The mood appeared jubilant.
Hip hop artist T.I. was spotted in the crowd, but it was not clear if he was part of the group on the highway.