Updated:
Original:

Activists protesting Philando Castile shooting shut down Summit Ave. again

Author:

Summit Avenue in St. Paul is once again closed down after protesters gathered outside the Governor's Mansion Sunday evening.

Police had cleared the street after it had been occupied for two weeks following the death of Philando Castile at the hands of police on July 6, with protesters maintaining a presence on the sidewalk.

But the road is closed again, with more than 150 people gathering to reiterate their calls for justice over the 32-year-old St. Paul cafeteria supervisor's shooting.

A St. Paul police spokesman told BringMeTheNews: "Summit is currently blocked due to protesters in the roadway. We are assessing the situation and considering our options. We have not made any arrests or issued any citations related to this closure."

The Pioneer Press reports protesters say they have "no plans to leave anytime soon," having blocked the street from 5 p.m. Sunday.

"This is an occupation," protester Jacob Ladda told the newspaper. "This is our street, too. The people want justice. The system wants the street to be open. We don’t want to be here. We want justice."

They're calling for criminal charges against the St. Anthony police officer who shot Castile.

https://twitter.com/Overnights_at_9/status/757463153273769985

It started with rally at 4 p.m. on what event organizers dubbed "Stand for Something Sunday," encouraging people to join in for an evening of "dance, music food, love, family and art," according to the Facebook event page.

Protesters called St. Paul police and the state patrol to inform them prior to the demonstration taking place. The Star Tribune reports it proceeded peacefully, with children and adults throwing water balloons, singing songs and eating food.

The newspaper adds that Philando Castile's younger sister, Allysza Castile, made a brief appearance at the start of the rally, telling the crowd: "I don’t know you, but I love you. He was my role mod­el and he still is my role mod­el."

Video and images on the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar show protesters had erected a makeshift screen for a "people's revolutionary movie night" outside the mansion, calling on more people to join them.

https://www.facebook.com/TCC4J/videos/298545623829834/

Next Up

pixabay tractor farm

1 killed in crash between car and tractor in western MN

First responders arrived and found the vehicle off the roadway, in a cornfield.

Stallings surveillance footage - screengrab - crop

New video, body cam footage shows police beating prone Jaleel Stallings

Stallings, who was acquitted, said he fired on the unmarked van not knowing officers were inside.

Bloomington Wentworth scene  - 2021-09-27 - J Nelson 2

Body in dumpster leads to police chase with young child in car

A 911 call said they saw someone place a body into a dumpster outside a Bloomington apartment complex.

st. paul tap - crop

SUV driver crashes into bar patio, injuring woman; man hurt in related shooting

Two men were arguing on the patio prior to the incident, witnesses said.

bicycle cyclist bike

Cyclist critically injured in hit-and-run in Plymouth

Police are seeking the public's help in locating the driver who fled.

ambulance, crash

Second person dies after head-on crash in Anoka County

The crash injured three others, including a 4-year-old boy.

Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod, Lore, Taylor don't take questions about Rosas, Simmons

They did discuss how they see a bright future in Minnesota.

pixabay - tree chainsaw trunk trim cut

Large tree branch falls on MN man, crushing him to death

Police said the man was out in the yard, doing tree trimming work with his son.

Screen Shot 2021-09-27 at 11.19.01 AM

AEW to debut in Minnesota with Rampage, Full Gear PPV

The upstart wrestling promotion has soared in popularity.

covid-19, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, September 27

The latest COVID-19 numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health.

ashley Carlson

Woman reported missing since Friday, last seen near Hinckley

She doesn't have any of her personal belongings with her.

Related

Video: Activists at rally call charges in Philando Castile shooting 'soft'

Activists rallied Wednesday night, saying the charges against Officer Yanez are too "soft."