- Associated Press - Sunday, December 7, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Demonstrators snarled traffic in downtown Salt Lake City while marching and lying down in intersections to protest the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers.

KUTV-TV reports several hundred protesters on Saturday night held signs outside the Federal Building and marched on downtown streets, blocking traffic at times.

Christmas light displays on Temple Square drew many people to the downtown, contributing to the traffic slowdown.

Demonstrators around the country have staged protests since grand jury decisions not to indict officers in the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York.

Utah demonstrators also expressed anger over prosecutors’ decision to clear a white officer in the September shooting death of a 22-year-old black man, Darrien Hunt, in Saratoga Springs, 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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Information from: KUTV-TV, https://www.kutv.com/


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