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Police deploy pepper spray in Phoenix protest of shootings

Rev. Jarrett Maupin, second from right, stands his ground as a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supporter, center, tries to interrupt marchers, as they take to the streets to protest against the recent fatal shootings of black men by police Friday, July 8, 2016, in Phoenix.
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Rev. Jarrett Maupin, second from right, stands his ground as a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supporter, center, tries to interrupt marchers, as they take to the streets to protest against the recent fatal shootings of black men by police Friday, July 8, 2016, in Phoenix.

Freeway ramps were closed and pepper spray and tear gas were used Friday night during a protest in downtown Phoenix following the killings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, at the hands of police and the deadly sniper attack on police officers in Dallas.

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A protester gets help after being knocked to the ground after being sprayed with tear gas by police as marchers numbering nearly 1,000 take to the streets to protest against the recent fatal shootings of black men by police Friday, July 8, 2016, in Phoenix. Freeway ramps were closed and pepper spray and tear gas were used Friday night during a protest in downtown Phoenix following the killings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, at the hands of police and the deadly sniper attack on police officers in Dallas.

Police deployed the deterrents as demonstrators moved toward a freeway.

About 1,000 people chanted "black lives matter" and "hands up, don't shoot" as they marched.

The few dozen officers initially escorting marchers mostly wore plain clothes.

Later, officers wore uniforms and riot gear.

Minor scuffles broke out when a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" T-shirt and holding a Donald Trump campaign sign interrupted the protest. Police pulled the man aside to let the marchers continue.

Before the pepper spray was deployed, marcher John Goodie said he was glad to see multiple races represented.

"I can see black, white, brown," Goodie said. "It's the spirit of Phoenix."

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