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Thousands of Americans participated in demonstrations opposing police brutality and demanding accountability Friday night, following the recent deaths of two African-American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of law enforcement. Rallies were organized in New York City, Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Phoenix, St. Paul, Ferguson, and elsewhere.
Contributing to the controversy was the decision of the Dallas Police Department to kill Micah Xavier Johnson, the suspect in Thursday evening's attack which left five Dallas officers dead, using a remotely-detonated bomb transported by a robot. The tactic is believed to be unprecedented and has added new fuel to debate over police militarization.