ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 70 people have been arrested as police cleared demonstrators from the street in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion, police in St. Paul said Wednesday.
Demonstrators have been camping outside the governor’s residence since July 7, a day after Philando Castile, a black man, was shot and killed by a suburban police officer during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of his shooting on Facebook.
St. Paul police said the most recent arrests were made at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when 23 people were taken into custody for public nuisance and unlawful assembly. They were taken from the scene by bus. Forty-six people were arrested Tuesday.
The scene was quiet Wednesday morning.
Police had cleared the street before — on July 18 — but protesters went back into the road Sunday. Police told the protesters Tuesday morning that they could no longer block the street and demonstrators began to gather their belongings, police spokesman Steve Linders said.
Police began making arrests around 11 a.m. Tuesday, after one protester allegedly removed a “No Parking” sign from a curb, the Star Tribune reported.
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