18 Protesters Arrested After Blocking Freeway

As reported by Reuters news agency, 18 protestors were arrested early Saturday after blocking a freeway in St. Paul, Minnesota. The arrests came hours after St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on Friday of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Philando Castile, 32. The shooting drew national attention after the victim’s girlfriend live-streamed the bloody aftermath on social media.

According to the report, about 1,500 protesters converged on Interstate 94 in the city, blocking the freeway. Authorities repeatedly asked protesters to leave before making the arrests shortly after midnight on Saturday. Charges against them are pending for unlawful assembly and others. Among those listed as arrested for alleged unlawful assembly were at least two journalists.

Officer Yanez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, testified during the trial in Ramsey County District Court that he feared for his life after Castile began reaching for a firearm that Castile had in his possession.

Reuters report found here.

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