Thousands of Protesters Gather in US Cities After Dallas Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of protesters took to the streets throughout the country Friday for a second night in the wake of two controversial fatal police shootings that have sparked outrage around the country.

They also came a night after five officers were killed and another seven injured in an ambush-style shooting in Dallas during a protest there.

Gatherings took place in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, New York, and Washington D.C., among other cities, and were described as largely "peaceful" by participants and observers.

In Atlanta, protesters blocked a major highway that runs through the city, creating traffic delays. Police formed a line in front of them and dozens of cop cars with lights flashing were behind the officers.

Tensions were heightened in Atlanta in the wake of the death of a man who was found hanging in Piedmont Park. The death was ruled a suicide by police, but many speculated it was a hanging, insisting that the Ku Klux Klan was involved.

The Atlanta Police Department denied the involvement of the Ku Klux Klan, but Mayor Kasim Reed nevertheless referred the case to the FBI.

"Everything we have seen suggests that there was no foul play involved, but I want to state clearly and unequivocally that we will not prejudge the circumstances surrounding this young man's death," Reed said. "APD will share all evidence discovered in the course of the investigation. We ask for the public’s support and cooperation as we work to resolve this matter."

Reed also admonished protesters for disturbing traffic Friday night on Twitter by saying, "We are better than that."

Protesters chanted the words "black lives matter" in front of the White house Friday afternoon, and again took to the streets of New York City.

Thursday night, dozens of protesters were arrested in New York.

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