Tear gas fired as police and protesters face off in downtown Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police fired what appeared to be tear gas at a group of protesters as they faced off with law enforcement near the Interstate 40 bridge in downtown Memphis around 11:20 Sunday night.

Hundreds of protesters demonstrating against police brutality marched through the streets and interstates downtown, blocking traffic at major downtown intersection and at one point walking on interstate 55 up to the bridge on the south end of downtown.

All of this as Tennessee Governor Bill Lee mobilized the National Guard across the Volunteer State Sunday afternoon.

This protest broke off from another group earlier in the day before marching down Riverside Drive.

Protesters made it as far as the I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River on the south end of downtown but were blocked by law enforcement holding shields.

WREG crews were present as protesters marched south on I-55 towards McLemore, spray painting road signs.

They then turned back north toward downtown, gathering at the historic Lorraine Motel before continuing down Beale Street and onto Riverside Drive toward the I-40 ramp.

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