Nation reacts to shooting deaths of police officers, black men in Texas, Minnesota, Louisiana

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Mourners and demonstrators gathered nationwide in the wake of the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers, and of two black men shot fatally by police, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

The Dallas shooting broke out late Thursday — the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — during what had been a peaceful protest against shootings by police officers that claimed the lives of Sterling and Castile. About 800 people were marching through downtown, flanked by about 100 police officers, when the gunfire began.

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–Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Del Quentin Wilber, Matt Pierce
Los Angeles Times