Marchers move through downtown Atlanta, Charlotte to protest recent fatal shootings

Police fire tear gas into the crowd of protesters on Old Concord Road late Tuesday night, Sept. 20, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. A black police officer shot an armed black man at an apartment complex Tuesday, authorities said, prompting angry street protests late into the night. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted that demonstrators were destroying marked police vehicles and that approximately 12 officers had been injured, including one who was hit in the face with a rock. (Ely Portillo/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Hundreds of people are marching in downtown Atlanta to protest the recent fatal shootings of two black men by police.

Marchers took to the streets after a rally at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights museum Friday evening. Many held signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and chanted “We’re ready, we’re ready for y’all.”

NAACP state President Francys Johnson and lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis led the protest. No police were present, but volunteers walked ahead of demonstrators and blocked off intersections for marchers.

The peaceful march in Atlanta comes after 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by an officer in Charlotte this week. In Oklahoma, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher was shot to death by Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby.

Shelby is charged with first-degree manslaughter.

Meantime, dozens of demonstrators are out in Charlotte for a fourth night of protests after the shooting of a black man by a police officer.

Several dozen people gathered Friday night at a park and then marched through Charlotte’s business district with signs.

One marcher had a sign that said “Just Stop The Killing,” while another had a banner that said “Just Release the Tapes.” Protesters have sought the release of police footage of the shooting earlier this week of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer.

They were watched by National Guard members posted in front of many downtown buildings.

Three previous nights of protests included two that were chaotic. But Thursday, people marched through downtown in a largely peaceful protest.

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