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Group blocks Atlanta freeway in police protest

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ATLANTA (AP) - A group of demonstrators protesting police brutality and mass incarceration temporarily blocked traffic on a freeway in downtown Atlanta.

Atlanta Police spokesman John Chafee says the group blocked traffic on the Downtown Connector near Freedom Parkway during rush hour Wednesday. The connector is a busy stretch of freeway where Interstates 75 and 85 meet.

Southerners On New Ground field organizer Mary Hooks says she and other grassroots organizers helped plan the protest as part of a national week of resistance to mass incarceration and police brutality. The demonstration also used the Twitter hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

Hooks says the protest was also meant to show solidarity with demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri who have been protesting the shooting of Michael Brown.

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