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(PHOENIX) —  Police in Phoenix used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse protesters during a civil rights demonstration late Friday night.

Three people were arrested, according to Phoenix Police, after throwing rocks at officers, according to ABC 15 in Phoenix.

The videos below, posted on Twitter, show protesters approaching police, as tear gas is dispersed.

Tear gas deployed at 7th St and McKinney. Crowed dispersing. Avoid the area pic.twitter.com/Ye1LFugerd

— Damon Cecil, PIO (@dps_pio_cecil) July 9, 2016

Police throw tear gas at protesters during #PhoenixRally @azcentral pic.twitter.com/wYdPXW7e4r

— Kelcie Grega (@KelcieGrega) July 9, 2016

Nohelani Graf, a reporter/anchor with ABC 15 in Phoenix, tweeted photos, writing that protesters had being pepper sprayed.

Chief Yahner said the protest was “successful” in having the demonstrators’ message heard, but the time had come to disperse the crowd.

Pepper spray floating, PD holding line, protesters chant “hands up, don’t shoot” #Breaking #phoenixprotest #abc15 pic.twitter.com/C6C4xHxbDG

— Nohelani Graf (@NoheG) July 9, 2016

As of 10:45 p.m. Friday local time, Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner said there were no arrest or injuries.

Civil rights leader Rev. Jarrett Maupin helped lead the march, which kicked off at 8 p.m. outside Phoenix City Hall. Maupin had said they were changing the march route to shut down Interstate 10.

By 11 p.m. local time, police had declared the gathering to be an “unlawful assembly.”

Damon Cecil, the PIO for the Arizona State Troopers, announced on Twitter that protesters had thrown rocks at police officers, and that one officer had been placed into custody as a result of an altercation with police.

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