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21 arrested as teachers protest Philando Castile death

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Hundreds of educators in the Twin Cities for the American Federation of Teachers convention took to the streets of Minneapolis late Tuesday, protesting the death of Philando Castile and other fatal shootings of black people by police.

The teachers union is meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center, which is where their march began.

The chanting marchers first called for justice for Castile, an employee of the St. Paul Public Schools who was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights this month.

But the demonstrators also spoke more broadly about racial justice, especially when they arrived outside U.S. Bank's headquarters and some of them linked arms on the sidewalk.

St. Paul Federation of Teachers President Denise Rodriguez says Minnesota's biggest banks – Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank – "... directly profit from an unjust system that has resulted in and maintained police brutality, aggressive policing, a school-to-prison pipeline and the expansion of the private prison industry," the Star Tribune reports.

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers President Michelle Wiese delivered remarks outside the U.S. Bank headquarters.

Wiese was later among the 21 people arrested.

Police told the Star Tribune those arrested were being ticketed for public nuisance and would be released.

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