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Update: Protests over the Yanez verdict continued peacefully Sunday

5:00 p.m.

Update: About 200 Minnesotans marched through St. Anthony Village Sunday afternoon, MPR says.

The protestors started outside the St. Anthony Police Department shortly after noon, and marched to nearby Silver Lake Village shopping center to “shut it down,” according to the paper’s reporter at the scene.

Protesters held a large banner that read, “We leave when we get justice.” There’s a bunch of photos from the event here.

KSTP says marchers briefly blocked the intersection of 39th Avenue Northeast and Silver Lake Road to hear speakers, including Castile’s sister Allysza, who said, “we won’t stop our fight for justice; I lost my brother, my father figure, I lost a piece of my heart.”

 

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Posted by Samantha Lee Pree-Stinson on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Activist Nekima Levy-Pounds also spoke at the march, the Pioneer Press says, reminding protesters of the Montgomery bus boycott – a protest against racial segregation on public transportation that ultimately led to a change in Alabama law.

After the speeches, the crowd marched back to the St. Anthony Police Department.

As of Sunday evening, there were no reports of arrests happening at the demonstration. One woman who attended the march said a couple of cars tried to drive through the crowd.

“During the march we had two separate cars try to drive through the protests, once while we were sitting. If this doesn’t show you that racism is alive and that they system needs to change, then you are part of the problem,” the Facebook post says.

The original story from Sunday morning is posted below.


It’s been two days since Officer Yanez was found not guilty on all charges in the death of Philando Castile, and Minnesotans are still protesting the decision.

A “Father’s Day for Philando” event is scheduled to take place at the St. Anthony Police Department from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It’s hosted by New North, a St. Paul “grassroots watchdog organization formed to hold police accountable,” the website says.

“Philando was murdered in cold blood and will not be here this Father’s Day for Dae-Anna. Not only will he not be here. His family wasn’t given ANY justice,” the Facebook event says.

The event is meant to be a “peaceful rally and demonstration” with children welcome, but organizers are still preparing for the worst.

“We plan to hold a peaceful rally and demonstration but also must plan for cops in the Age of Donald Trump,” the post says.

It links to a PayPal account set up to cover bail funds for protestors.

Protests so far

On Friday, 18 people were arrested after about 500 marchers closed down Interstate 94.

The arrests included some journalists, with Star Tribune videographer Mark Vancleave indicating that CityPages photographer Susan Du and Minnesota Daily Campus editor David Clarey were among those detained.

Protests continued Saturday with a crowd gathering at Loring Park and marching down Hennepin Avenue to the Minneapolis Police Department’s downtown precinct, where they gave speeches calling for unity.

There were no reports of arrests, injuries, violent incidents, or anything close on the second day of protests.

Solidarity protests have also been popping up around the Midwest, including marches in Chicago.

GoMN will update this story as it develops.

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