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Black Lives Matter: Thousands in US civil rights protests

Thousands of protesters have made their way through Washington today, against the death of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers.

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Michael Brown's mother: 'I hope they make a change'

Lesley McSpadden (centre). Credit: Reuters

The mother of black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police in Ferguson, said she hopes the protests sparked by his death will make a difference.

Lesley McSpadden said she was overwhelmed by the "sea of people" as thousands turned out to take part in a march on Washington.

She added: "If they don't see this and make a change, I don't know what we're going to do."

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