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Lauren Carroll/Journal

A “Hands Up” protest against incidents in which black men have been killed by police officers grabbed the attention of Christmas shoppers on Hanes Mall Boulevard Sunday, with some 50 or 60 people chanting, waving signs at traffic and briefly blocking Hanes Mall Boulevard before marching to Hanes Mall, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

After the protest ended, three participants were charged by police. One person was charged with impeding traffic, and the second person with walking in traffic and wearing a mask. The charges against the third person were not immediately clear, but police said he was taken into custody when he became belligerent.

One of those cited was Kim Porter, one of the leaders of the protest, who complained that all she did was walk against a red light after telling Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity that that was what the protesters were going to do.

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