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23 more people arrested in Summit Avenue protests

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Twenty-three more people were arrested early Wednesday morning as part of the protests on Summit Avenue, St. Paul police said.

That brings the total number of people arrested in the past day of tension to 69. Protesters have been accused of disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly or public nuisance, police said.

Forty-six protesters were arrested Tuesday after police ordered the group to stop blocking the street and sidewalk. Police then closed the street outside the Governor's Residence to bike, pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

The most recent arrests came around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Summit Avenue and Oxford Street, about half a block from the Governor's Residence. Protesters shifted their demonstration there after police closed the street.

"Those who were arrested were standing and sitting in the middle of the street," police said. "They refused to leave the area even after several dispersal orders."

Unicorn Riot, an independent news agency, estimated 50-plus police officers were in a standoff with more than 100 protesters late Tuesday night prior to the arrests.

Protesters have been gathered outside the Governor's Residence and on Summit Avenue since Philando Castile was fatally shot during a traffic stop July 6, promising to stay there until St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged in the man’s death.

Tweets from early Wednesday morning show just few people were there, and things were described as "quiet."

And by before 6 a.m., reports show protesters had left, although police remained blocking the street.

The City of St. Paul says the cost of responding to various protests and marches in response to Castile's shooting have topped $1 million, the Pioneer Press reports.

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