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These protesters demand justice for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile


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A protestor at a rally outside the Governor's mansion in St. Paul, Minneapolis. (Lorie Shaull/Flickr)

After the police executions of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, protests are breaking out in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, St.Paul, Minnesota, and other cities around the US.

In Baton Rouge, protestors, community members, friends, and family of Sterling gathered in the streets around the Triple S store where he was killed. Everything has been extremely peaceful and positive as the community came together to celebrate Sterling's life and hope for change.

In Minnesota, the scene was different. Angry (but peaceful) community members gathered in front of the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul early in the morning to demand justice.

They covered the iron gate entrance in crime scene tape and chanted, "If we don't get it, shut it down!" Police maintained a low profile but surrounded the area with squad cars blocking traffic.

Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds, the murdered Castile's girlfriend, addressed the crowd with a heavy heart:

Protests are planned in other states around the US. Chicago activists are planning at least two Thursday night protests in response to the shooting deaths.

Philadelphia protests began yesterday, and some demonstrators were arrested for disrupting rush-hour traffic.

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These protesters demand justice for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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