Thousands of Black Lives Matter Protesters Peacefully Hold Standoff With Atlanta Police

The Atlanta protesters blocked off Interstate 75 and part of Interstate 85.

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Thousands gathered in the streets of Atlanta tonight to peacefully march in protest of police violence. There were no reported injuries or arrests, though reports indicated tensions were high.

The protesters' march ended face-to-face with police, blocking off Interstate 75 and part of Interstate 85.

#BlackLivesMatter protestors try to walk on to Downtown Connector in #atlanta blocked by GSP. #BREAKING @cbs46
Atlanta Street Car service has been suspended due to Black Lives Matter Protest.  #ATLtraffic

The protesters were responding to the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Before making their way to the highway, they rallied at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, then marched about a mile to the CNN studios.

Programming Note: CBS46 will carry protestors standoff with Police until 10 p.m.
HAPPENING NOW: Some of the crowd starting to disperse but a lot of people remain #atlanta
Currently at the huge #BlackLivesMatter protest in Atlanta. They've blocked entrance to I-75

T.I. joined in the march.

T.I. Protesting In These Atlanta Streets

And 2 Chainz was there as well.

.@2chainz speaks with @SharonReedCBS46 about tensions between police and minority communities.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had implored protesters to "stay off the interstates" earlier Friday.

Earlier, @KasimReed, now present at Black Lives Matter Atlanta protest: "Stay off the interstates." reinforcing now.
The protests have moved, and are now being blocked from entering the interstate WATCH HERE:
Happening now in ATL on I-75 SB at Williams. @cbs46
.@Atlanta_Police has told @cbs46 that there have been zero arrests during today's protest.  #AtlantaProtest
Standoff on da highway

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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