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Green Line service resumes in St. Paul following Black Lives Matter protest

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Buses replaced Green Line trains for a few hours Sunday morning as dozens of Black Lives Matter St. Paul activists blocked the tracks in protest of police officers' use of excessive force ahead of the Vikings home opener.

Protesters gathered at the Lexington Parkway station before 10 a.m. to disrupt light rail service as Vikings fans made their way to TCF Bank Stadium for the Vikings-Lions game at noon.

The group hopes to bring justice to Marcus Abrams, a 17-year-old with autism, who they say was forcefully arrested by Metro Transit officers Aug. 31 at the Lexington Parkway station, and others who have been victims of police brutality.

Both Abrams and his mother addressed the crowd Sunday morning, the Star Tribune reports, before protesters marched on the tracks down University Avenue towards the Hamline Avenue station, where protesters 

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They also held a

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Rail service has returned to normal, Metro Transit tweeted at 12:38 p.m.

Police escorted the protesters throughout the march as they chanted Abrams' name and phrases like "no justice, no peace – prosecute the police," the Pioneer Press says.

Protesters and others tweeted about the protest using #BlackRail, and the event was also streamed live online. Some tweets from the scene:

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