Two St. Paul neighborhood groups are holding a vigil for Philando Castile – and others fatally shot by police – at the site of Castile’s death.
It’s on Larpenteur Avenue, just west of Snelling Avenue – just next to the northern edge of the State Fairgrounds – and will run from 5-8 p.m. Check out the map to the right for more details.
The plan, according to the Facebook event, is to honor the memory of Castile and others killed by Minnesota police recently – including Jamar Clark, Marcus Golden, Map Kong and others.
“As State Fair goers pass the site of Philando’s murder, let’s peacefully remind them of the violence that occurred there on July 6,” the event says.
They encourage you to bring signs and flowers (and potted ones will be cared for afterward at the garden).
“But the most important thing is to bring yourself. Share your grief and outrage,” the post says.
The State Fair is ‘monitoring the situation’
A representative for the Sate Fair said they’re aware of the vigil, and are “monitoring the situation.”
But, spokesperson Brienna Schuette added, the group has said it’s a peaceful rally, and they don’t plan to enter the fairgrounds. The Merriam Park group told the Pioneer Press and KSTP there are no plans to block traffic.
According to Schuette, the fair has a “very large and comprehensive Emergency Management Plan” to respond to things like demonstrations. That includes a public safety staff of mroe than 300 people, which works with law enforcement in the area on responses.
“We will keep fair visitors informed of any potential issues via our website and social media channels,” Schuette said.
Another event planned Saturday
There are more rallies planned to draw attention to officer-involved shootings.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar is holding a MN State #AintFair rally – there will be a rally starting at that time at University and Snelling, followed by a barbecue at a local park.
The group says more details will be released later. It’s slated to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.