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Thousands march to say "Black Lives Matter"

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By Catherine Hardy
Thousands march to say "Black Lives Matter"

<p>Thousands of demonstrators gathered in several cities across the United States.</p> <p>They are angry about what they say is racial bias by police. <p> <h3><strong>What has prompted the protests?</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>Two black men have been shot in confrontations with officers in Louisiana and Minnesota since Tuesday.</p> <p>Philando Castile died of gunshot wounds after he was pulled over in his car by police in Minnesota.</p> <p>The scene was filmed by a female passenger in the car.</p> <p>The US Justice Department is investigating the shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana.</p> <p>“A terrible tragedy has befallen the people of Minnesota, especially the family and friends of Philando Castile,” said <strong>Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton</strong>.</p> <p>“I expressed on behalf of all decent-minded Minnesotans, which is just about everyone, our deepest condolences, our shock, our horror.” <p> <h3><strong>Fact check</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>Figures for 2015 suggest more than a thousand people are killed by police and law enforcement agencies in the US.</p> <p>No official federal record is available but the Guardian newspaper keeps its own tally. You can see the results <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database">here</a></p> <p>The final total for 2015 <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/31/the-counted-police-killings-2015-young-black-men">suggests</a> the death rate for young black men was five times higher than for white men of the same age.</p> <p> </p>