1 protester arrested after group breaks windows on cop car, St. Paul business



One protester was arrested early Friday following mostly peaceful protests in St. Paul.

The St. Paul Police Department says during Thursday night's "peaceful demonstration" outside the Governor's Residence to protest the death of Philando Castile by police, some people "broke away from the gathering" and caused damage in the area.

The group went to Grand Avenue, where police say they broke windows on an unoccupied police vehicle and damaged a window at a business. One of the photos shared by police show a rock inside the vehicle. (See more photos here.)

Chemical irritant used

St. Paul police responded to the area "to prevent further damage", using chemical irritant and marking rounds to "stop dangerous criminal activity."

One person was arrested, "and the group dispersed," the police department says.


Protesters remain outside Governor's Residence

KSTP says the unrest lasted about two hours, and by 5 a.m. Friday there were only about a dozen people outside the Governor's Residence.

Here's the scene on Summit Avenue around 6:45 a.m. Friday:


Summit Avenue continues to be closed Friday morning between Oxford and Chatsworth streets, police say. And officials plan to keep a presence in the area to ensure demonstrations remain safe for everyone who's participating.

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