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Black and white crowds protest

July 22, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

State police in riot gear broke up a standoff between black and white extremists who exchanged screams of "Black power!" and "White power!" during a protest in Paris over the handling of the dragging death of a black man.

Two white protesters were arrested.

The controversy involves the death of Brandon McClelland, 24, whose mangled body was found on a country road Sept. 16.

A special prosecutor dismissed charges against two of McClelland's white friends last month after a truck driver said that he might have accidentally run over McClelland.

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