Protestors stop traffic around downtown Cleveland during rush hour

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CLEVELAND-  Dozens marched through downtown on Friday after police said they were expecting large crowds.

Police recommended people leave downtown Cleveland early to avoid traffic problems.

About 50 to 60 people marched from Public Square to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, where they placed flowers in front of the building. The protestors held signs reading “Black lives matter” and chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

“Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail,” protestors yelled while walking down Lakeside Avenue.

“The Division of Police recognizes an individual’s right to demonstrate and reminds those who intend to demonstrate that they must do so in a civil manner and in way that those does not violate laws or inconvenience or harm others,” the police department said in a statement prior to the demonstration.

The group temporarily blocked the Detroit Superior Bridge, prompting Cleveland police to advise drivers to find alternate routes. During the protest, they made stops at Quicken Loans Arena and Playhouse Square.

This is the latest in a series of recent protests in downtown Cleveland. On Thursday, about 30 people gathered on Public Square while protesting the decision not to indict a New York City officer who killed a man by placing him in a chokehold. The group said they planned to return at 3 p.m. Friday.

Last week, a large group marched from Public Square to the Shoreway, where they stopped traffic during rush hour. That protest was in response a grand jury’s opinion not to pursue criminal charges against a Ferguson officer in the death of Michael Brown. Demonstrators were also angry after a Cleveland police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside a rec center.

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