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In US Multiple police officers shot in Baton Rouge; some reported dead

The southern city was the scene of a deadly encounter between a black man and white policemen, which the U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating.

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Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are responding to reports that multiple officers have been shot, news outlet USA Today said, citing local television stations.

The southern city was the scene of a deadly encounter between a black man and white policemen, which the U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating.

Earlier this month, a gunman in Dallas fatally shot five police officers at a protest over the Baton Rouge killing and a separate police shooting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

You will recall that Civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton joined hundreds of mourners in Louisiana on Friday to remember a black man killed last week by white policemen, one of two deadly encounters that led to protests against racial bias in law enforcement.

As heavy rain fell outside, a steady stream of people filed into an activity center at Baton Rouge's Southern University to view the body of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, whose open casket was surrounded by flowers and photographs.

The visitation was held at the center to accommodate the large crowd that turned out to pay their respects to the father of five known as "Big Alton." Police shot him at a close quarters on July 5 as he sold CDs outside a convenience store, an incident that was recorded on a cellphone.

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