June 17, 2017 08:26 PM
Eighteen people were arrested early Saturday morning as protests following the verdict in the Jeronimo Yanez case ended on Interstate 94 and at the Governor's Residence.
Charges were pending for being pedestrians on the freeway, among other charges. Those 18 people were booked at Ramsey County Jail.
A bill that would have increased the penalty for protesting on a highway did not pass during this year's legislative session.
About 1,500 people marched onto the Interstate at Dale Street before 10:30 Friday night, and the crowd gradually dispersed as the Minnesota State Patrol gave repeated warnings to exit the road.
At 12:30 a.m., State Patrol Troopers began making arrests. The Interstate reopened about an hour later.
The protesters had blocked traffic in both directions for several hours as the State Patrol monitored the freeway and St. Paul police prevented vehicles from using nearby ramps to enter the road.
As authorities closed in on the Interstate protesters, at least two people said police had sprayed them with mace.
About 30 people later moved their demonstration to the Governor's Residence, where they stayed until almost 3 a.m. That smaller crowd peacefully dispersed when asked by police.
Updated: June 17, 2017 08:26 PM
Created: June 17, 2017 06:47 AM
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