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In July 2016, protests unfolded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after local police shot and killed Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man. It was the first of two high-profile police shootings of black men within several days, capturing the nation’s attention and fueling large demonstrations. DeRay Mckesson, a civil-rights activist, helped stage one of those protests.
A group in Gainesville, Texas wanted a Confederate monument at the local courthouse removed. So like countless Americans have done before, they gathered and peacefully marched down the sidewalk in protest. Three days later, three of the protesters found themselves facing an arrest warrant for violating a Texas law that prohibits “obstructing a highway or passageway.”
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