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Protesters interrupt the Twin Cities Pride parade

They put the parade to a halt to read a list of demands.

Protesters interrupted the Twin Cities Pride parade on Sunday.

The event has been the subject of controversy after organizers decided to not let police march in the parade, after the officer who killed Philando Castile was found not guilty. Then Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau spoke out against the decision, and Pride reversed it.

That just seemed to stir up more anger and concern on social media. And when the parade marched down Hennepin Avenue on Sunday, protesters jumped in to make their voices heard.

About 150 protesters chanting “No justice, no peace, no pride in police,” were able to halt the parade for about 20 minutes, the Star Tribune says.

They read a list of demands to parade organizers, then sat or lay down in the street to block floats and marchers, the paper said.

Footage of the protest was posted to Facebook:

Taking over to the front of pride in Minneapolis for Black and Native Lives Matter!

Posted by Native Lives Matter on Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Facebook event for the protest says "This weekend we will be planning action to resist the police, and corporations who want to use our bodies, our Pride, for good PR."

"We stand in solidarity with #PhilandoCastile #JamarClark #NoDapl,#nojusticenopride, our trans siblings, and POC who face violence and little inclusion in our current, gay, white-washed Pride in Mpls."

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