Hundreds Protest After Minnesota Officer Found Not Guilty in Philando Castile Death
Hundreds of people gathered in St. Paul, Minn., Friday evening to protest a verdict that found a Minnesota police officer not guilty on all counts in his deadly shooting of a black man during a traffic stop in 2016.
Demonstrators gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol holding signs that included the phrases “black lives matter,” and “no justice, no peace,” and hundreds marched toward the nearby Cathedral of Saint Paul.
Some of the protesters that the Minnesota State Patrol estimated to be about 500 people made their way onto Interstate 94 and blocked traffic for more than an hour. Shortly before 1 a.m. Central time, the State Patrol tweeted that they were arresting protesters “who failed to leave the roadway.” Police had mostly cleared protesters from the highway after midnight, according to The Associated Press, and protests were largely peaceful.