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August 17-21 Explained: A Week Of Protest In Pittsburgh

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Ariel Worthy
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90.5 WESA
Activist Lorenzo Rulli speaks through a megaphone during a protest in Point Breeze on Wednesday, August 19.

 

Anti-racist activists faced off with Pittsburgh police in Point Breeze Wednesday night, after talks with Mayor Bill Peduto broke down. Police used chemical agents and other less-lethal crowd control methods, and one person was arrested.

It was the second straight night of protests in front of Peduto's Point Breeze home, following the detainment of a bike marshal in an unmarked van during last weekend’s Civil Saturdays march, a weekly demonstration calling for changes to the state’s use of force law.

 

Helping explain the headlines this week:

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