St. Paul Police Arrests Reach 70 as They Clear Summit Avenue Protests

July 27, 2016 09:25 AM

St. Paul police have cleared the street of protesters near the Governor's Residence in St. Paul.

About 70 people have been arrested in the past 24 hours. Police continued to block Summit Avenue to traffic, but protesters are no longer in the area.

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At 2 a.m. Wednesday, 23 people were arrested on suspicion of public nuisance and unlawful assembly near the intersection of Summit Avenue and Oxford Street, police said.

During the day Tuesday, 26 adults and a child were arrested. Another 19 people were arrested Tuesday evening.

The protesters have been in front of the Governor's Residence since July 6 when a St. Anthony police officer shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.

The aftermath of the shooting was captured live on video by Castile's girlfriend. The lawyer for the police officer who shot Castile, Jeronimo Yanez, said he was reacting to a gun in the car, not race.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

Police had tried several times earlier to clear the protests off Summit Avenue but have been unable to get the road open permanently. Police said they acted Tuesday because the protest had become more than an exercise of First Amendment rights. Police received complaints about vandalism, fire and verbal abuse.

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