Protests Over Shootings Block Roads in U.S. Cities, Arrests Made

Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS / Jonathan Bachman

Protests against the shootings of two black men by police officers shut down main arteries in a number of U.S. cities on Saturday, leading to numerous arrests, scuffles and injuries in confrontations between police and demonstrators.

Undeterred by heightened concerns about safety at protests after a lone gunman killed five police officers in Dallas Thursday night, organizers went ahead with marches in the biggest metropolis, New York City, and Washington D.C., the nation’s capital, among other cities.

Dallas Police Headquarters Cordoned Off After Threat

Dallas police SWAT team members stay in a holding position in front of the Dallas Police Department headquarters which was locked down after an anonymous threat was reported in Dallas, Texas, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri

Dallas police headquarters and surrounding blocks were cordoned off and SWAT teams were deployed on Saturday after authorities received an anonymous threat against officers across the city, but a search for a “suspicious person” turned up no one, officials said.

The incident occurred as the city remained tense following Thursday night’s fatal shootings of five Dallas police officers by a former U.S. Army reservist. Police asked news organizations to stop airing live video from the area as they carried out the search.