The Latest: Hundreds mourn officer slain in Dallas shooting


DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota and the subsequent killing of five police officers in Dallas (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

A memorial service has begun at a Dallas church for Brent Thompson, one of the five officers killed last week by a gunman at a downtown protest march.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers in crisp formal uniforms gathered Wednesday at The Potter’s House, a Dallas megachurch headed by celebrity Bishop T.D. Jakes.

The service featured a montage of photos of the 43-year-old Thompson with family, friends and fellow officers with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

A funeral service for Thompson, a newlywed, was scheduled for later Wednesday in Corsicana, south of Dallas.

Thompson and four Dallas officers were fatally shot during a protest against the police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Nine officers and two civilians were injured in the attack.

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9 a.m.

Law enforcement officers have arrested demonstrators who were blocking rush hour traffic on an interstate in downtown Minneapolis.

About three dozen protesters blocked southbound Interstate 35W near University Avenue Wednesday morning before state troopers moved in, arrested them and put them on a bus.

They are protesting police brutality, including the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a suburban St. Paul officer during a traffic stop last week.

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8:45 a.m.

Demonstrators are blocking rush hour traffic on an interstate in downtown Minneapolis.

More than a dozen protesters are blocking five lanes on southbound Interstate 35W near University Avenue Wednesday.

The demonstrators walked onto a bridge across the Mississippi River and chanted “I believe that we will win.”

They are protesting police brutality, including the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a suburban St. Paul officer during a traffic stop last week.

Authorities are telling the demonstrators to leave the interstate.

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5:55 a.m.

Funerals are set to begin for the five officers slain by a sniper during a protest last week in downtown Dallas.

Funerals will be held Wednesday for Dallas Police Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Dallas Police Sgt. Michael Smith and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson.

Ahrens’ funeral will take place in Plano.

A private funeral for Smith is planned Wednesday at the Farmers Branch church he and his family attended, and a public service will take place Thursday at the Dallas church where he worked security.

After a Dallas memorial service, Thompson’s funeral will be at a church in Corsicana, the town south of Dallas where he lived.

Dallas Police Officer Michael Krol’s funeral is set for Friday, and Dallas police Officer Patrick Zamarripa’s funeral will be held Saturday.

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