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Protests disrupt downtown traffic, intersection closed

Posted at 7:54 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 02:35:31-04

Protests erupted in downtown Tucson Monday night after a jury found former Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz not guilty on the Second Degree Murder charge of shooting through the border fence and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.

Jurors could not come to an agreement on a verdict on the two lesser charges, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

If they wish, prosecutors can retry Swartz on the lesser charges only.

Later in the night, protesters started to disrupt traffic near downtown. 

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, eastbound and westbound ramps at I-10 and Congress remain closed due to those protests.

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