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3 arrested at Black Lives Matter protest in Las Vegas

Posted at 12:37 AM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 14:16:27-04

Things got tense at a Black Lives Matter protest in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Hundreds gathered at a Dr. Martin Luther King monument on the corner of North Martin Luther King Boulevard and West Carey Avenue. Community leaders rallied in response to the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Phillando Castile.        

The rally began peacefully with faith leaders encouraging citizens to continue the fight for the justice they believe has been stripped from them, but things took a turn when the crowd moved into the street and blocked traffic.

Police arrived in full tactical gear, arresting at least 3 people, according to a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Police were able to get the crowd off of the street, creating a wall of officers around them.

Our 13 Action News crew spoke with one protester in the midst of the chaos.

“We wanted to basically block off one intersection so they can see what matters to us and basically get the news out here so you guys can see what we really feel," he said.

In most major cities, marching on a public street is legal with the proper permit.

It was not clear if the group of protesters on Saturday had the required permission to be on the street.