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    Rev. Jarrett Maupin, second from right, stands his ground as a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supporter, center, tries to interrupt marchers, as they take to the streets toprotest against the recent fatal shootings of black men by police today in Phoenix.

PHOENIX » Freeway ramps were closed and pepper spray was used tonight during a protest in downtown Phoenix following the killings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, at the hands of police and the deadly sniper attack on police officers in Dallas.

The Arizona Department of Transportation tweeted that multiple Interstate 10 ramps were closed.

Police deployed pepper spray as demonstrators approached I-10.

About 1,000 people chanted “black lives matter” and “hands up, don’t shoot” as they marched.

The few dozen officers initially escorting marchers mostly wore plain clothes.

Later, officers wore uniforms and riot gear.

Minor scuffles broke out when a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” T-shirt and holding a Donald Trump campaign sign interrupted the protest. Police pulled the man aside to let the marchers continue.

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