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Demonstrators block I-5 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,
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, video image

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.

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.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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