Hundreds rally in Charleston after police shootings

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Posted: Jul 14, 2016 8:08 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston area residents are calling for justice following the shootings of blacks by police in Louisiana and Minnesota last week.

Local media outlets report several hundred people rallied Wednesday evening at a park in downtown Charleston.

After the rally broke up, a statement from police said an officer was checked at a hospital after being hit in the chest by an object at an intersection 10 blocks away.

The park is located down the street from Emanuel AME Church where nine black parishioners were shot and killed last year. A white man has been charged in both state and federal courts.

During the rally participants sang "Amazing Grace" and prayed.

There have been protests throughout the nation following last week's shootings. Those in South Carolina have generally been peaceful.