OVER 200 PROTESTERS ARRESTED: Between St. Paul and Baton Rouge — St. Paul Protest Takes a Violent Turn

These people have every right to hold peaceful protests and it’s even understandable in St. Paul to block the highway. But when these protests become riots, that’s where the trouble begins. The Civil Rights movement made the most headway from peaceful protests. Have these people completely forgotten history? Sure seems that way.

While thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of major U.S. cities again Saturday night — protesting the recent killings by police of black men Philando Castile in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — a demonstration in St. Paul took a particularly violent turn, with participants hurling Molotov cocktails, fireworks, rocks, glass bottles, concrete slabs, and bricks at riot gear-wearing police officers.

And between demonstrations in Baton Rouge and St. Paul alone, there were more than 200 arrests.

The St. Paul protesters, who kicked off the night at 8 p.m. from the governor’s mansion, forced the closure of Interstate 94. Some threw objects and dropped liquids from overpasses on officers below. Others directed laser pointers at officers.

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According to the St. Paul Police Department, the preliminary number of arrests is 100 — 50 from the freeway protest, and from from a subsequent protest after the freeway had been cleared.

Police responded shortly after midnight with inert, glass balls and smoke to clear about 200 demonstrators who were blocking the interstate, which opened early Sunday morning. Pepper spray was also used on some protesters.

Protester Mike Martin told The Associated Press he was pepper sprayed by a police officer on a pedestrian bridge overlooking the interstate. He claimed he was trying to move the crowd along and keep the peace. “I guess I wasn’t moving fast enough for him,” Martin said. “He just got it out and bam, I saw a cloud. It’s burning pretty bad.”

Baton Rouge, the other city reeling from the killing of one of its residents, also witnessed masses of people taking to the streets. Demonstrators gathered at the convenience store where Sterling was shot before making their way to the Baton Rouge police department and the state Capitol.

Baton Rouge resident Marie Flowers, who lives in the same neighborhood where Sterling was killed, came to the protest with her three children. “Black boys are being killed and this is just the culmination of what has been going on for decades,” she told The AP.

According to East Baton Rouge Sheriff public information officer Casey Hicks, there 101 arrests overnight related to the protest.

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About 1,000 protesters faced off against riot gear-wearing police officers, while shouting “No justice! No peace!” Members of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense were also present, shouting “Black Power” and raising their fists. The protests died down a little after midnight.

Two weapons were confiscated, according to a police spokesman.

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