Demonstrators decrying the deaths of two black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City briefly shut down a portion of Interstate 5 Thursday night in downtown Sacramento.
About 125 protestors at around 8 p.m. Thursday walked west from near the Sacramento County Jail to Interstate 5 where they blocked one direction of the freeway for 5 to 10 minutes, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP officers responded to the scene and the protestors eventually peacefully and willingly left the freeway. No arrests were made.
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The demonstrators were protesting recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City that have galvanized protests around the country. In Ferguson, a grand jury exonerated a white police officer who fired the fatal shots that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
In New York City, Eric Garner died in July while being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. A bystander's videotape shows white officers piled atop Garner. One has Garner in what appears to many to be a choke hold.
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