At least 5 police officers injured during protests in Minnesota

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protests in Minnesota

Marchers block part of Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, July 9, 2016, during a protest sparked by the recent police killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

Marchers block part of Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, July 9, 2016, during a protest sparked by the recent police killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Police in Minnesota said Sunday they arrested as many as 100 people after a protest over police shootings turned violent, with at least five officers injured.

Police used smoke bombs to clear demonstrators blocking Interstate 94, theMinneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Police said officers were hurt after some protesters hurled rocks, firecrackers and at least one Molotov cocktail at them.

According to Fox 9, protesters also threw bricks, glass bottles and construction rebar at the officers.

About 200 protesters refused to leave the interstate just after midnight as police in riot gear began to move in on the crowd.

The interstate reopened at about 1:30 a.m., according to Fox 9.

The protest, which started with a march from the governor’s mansion around 8 p.m., was among several demonstrations nationwide following the deaths of 32-year-old Philano Castile, who was shot during a traffic stop allegedly while reaching for his wallet, and 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling, who was also black, was shot after a scuffle with officers outside a convenience store.

Mike Martin was at the protest with a guitar strapped to his back trying to promote peace. However, he told the Associated Press than a police officer pepper sprayed him. He said he was trying to move the crowd along and keep the peace.

“I guess I wasn’t moving fast enough for him,” said Martin, who estimated the officer was six feet away and sprayed without warning. “He just got it out and bam, I saw a cloud. It’s burning pretty bad.”

Tyree Johnson, who said he was Castile’s cousin, said officers on the highway fired pellets and gas in his direction.

Misty Macon, 20, of St. Paul, said the protest was mostly peaceful, even as at least one protester aimed a firework at an officer. She said she saw about 30 people being peacefully taken away by officers, who said they warned protesters they would be subject to arrest if they didn’t disassemble.

The night after Castile was killed, five police officers were fatally shot and others were wounded during protests in Dallas. Authorities identified the Dallas shooter as an Army veteran who was later killed by police.

Sterling’s and Castile’s families denounced the attack on the Dallas officers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

In good faith I cannot deny Hillary the blame she deserves here she claims cops are KILLING blacks and she is also chastising white America for allowing it to happen. First of all she is agreeing cops are killing blacks but in these killings there are other circumstances that need to be considered did the cop just walk up to the car and execute a black man? Or did the individual take actions where the police officer had to use deadly force?Hillary is taking tragedy and doing her best to exploit it no matter the cost this nation she is race bating and honestly she is making it more dangerous for the police officers of this nation. I honestly do not believe there is a problem in the sense that the black narrative is cops are murdering blacks. Hillary is feeding and Hillary is taking that narrative  and exploiting it to suit her own agenda she is speaking on white hate,which to be honest if you look as statistics, there is far less violence involving white on black compared to Black on White. yet Hillary has adopted the false narrative that white America is at fault.

signing off but never tapping out! God bless America!

 

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