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    Phoenix Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Civil Rights Protest

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    Police in Phoenix, Arizona used tear gas to disperse the protesters calling to respect their civil rights, local media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Several dozens of civil activists chanting "hands up, don't shoot" were tear gassed after they approached the line of policemen who blocked the highway, ABC TV channel reported.

    ​Local police chief defended the use of gas after he described the protest as unsafe.

    ​The protest came following Thursday's night, when Micah Johnson, 25-year-old former US Army reservist, shot and killed five officers in Dallas during a protest against police-involved shootings of two African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week.

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