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The Latest: Protesters present demands to Memphis officials

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Black Lives Matter movement in Memphis is demanding change, delivering to officials a list of actions they believe will improve the lives of African-American residents in the majority black city.

Minister Devante Hill, an organizer of a protest that blocked Interstate 40 on Sunday night, listed the group's demands during a community meeting with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Interim Police Director Michael Rallings at a church on Monday.

The gathering drew more than 1,200 people, many of whom attended the protest Sunday that also included marches on downtown Memphis streets, including the tourist destination of Beale Street.

Traffic on Interstate 40 was blocked in both directions for hours after hundreds of angry Black Lives Matter protesters marched onto the bridge to show their anger about police killings of black people.

Police in squad cars tried to stop them, but several hundred had already made their way up the ramp, and the crowd swelled to more than 1,000.