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Police, Demonstrators Clash in Minnesota Protesters

A leader on a loudspeaker urged the group to march to the governor's mansion



    Protesters Block Freeway in St. Paul

    Group Blocks Freeway in Min. (Published Sunday, July 10, 2016)

    Scores of protesters were arrested and five cops injured in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Saturday night as demonstrations continued nationwide over police violence against African-Americans.

    Around 100 protesters were taken into custody in Saint Paul, police said, while more than 30 people were arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Both cities continue to reel after the deaths of two black men at the hands of police last week, NBC News reported.

    In Saint Paul, protesters blocked Interstate 94 and chanted the name of Philando Castile, 32, who was fatally shot by a St. Anthony police officer in Falcon Heights on Wednesday.

    Authorities used smoke bombs when 200 protesters refused to leave the roadway just after midnight. By 12:45 a.m. Sunday, police said they were clearing debris from the road in order to reopen the highway.