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Protesters shut down Interstate 94 near downtown St. Paul

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    Law enforcement form a line across Interstate 94 on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn., in response to protesters who blocked the highway. The protesters were rallying in response to the death of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a suburban St. Paul police officer on July 6.

ST. PAUL, Minn. >> Police have used smoke bombs to clear demonstrators blocking Interstate 94 in St. Paul during a protest sparked by the recent police killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

The smoke was used just after midnight when about 200 protesters were in the roadway as police in riot gear slowly moved in. Police said several officers have been injured by rocks, firecrackers and other debris thrown by protesters Saturday night.

A protest leader urged the group to march to the governor’s mansion, where protesters have gathered since the fatal police shooting Wednesday night of Philando Castile. The 32-year-old black man was shot during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul.

The St. Paul Police Department tweeted that arrests have been made during the protest but didn’t indicate how many.

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  • And just how much support do these BLM THUGS think they can get from the public when they do this kind of crap? It only causes more hate towards them…get a life losers…

  • We have a black POTUS, black Attorney General, black Secretary of Homeland Security, 42 black Representatives, 2 Senators, 4 cabinet secretaries. Why aren’t these people representing their constituents more effectively?

    • They represent by inciting their constituency, promoting hate and divisiveness at every opportunity.

      …St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot and killed school cafeteria worker Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop on Wednesday in the Minneapolis suburb of Falcon Heights, fired as a result of “the presence of that gun and the display of that gun” rather than any other factor.,/i>

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