Activists protesting Philando Castile shooting shut down two liquor stores


Protestors demanding justice in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile shut down two liquor stores in St. Anthony on Saturday.

It was a St. Anthony police officer who shot Castile in Falcon Heights on July 6. His girlfriend posted the aftermath of the shooting to Facebook Live, which garnered international attention as the Black Lives Matter movement has been protesting other police shootings of black men.

Demonstrators selected to shut down these two St. Anthony stores on Saturday because they say the stores' profits go toward the St. Anthony Police Department, reported KMSP.

WCCO said about 70-80 protestors marched from the St. Anthony City Hall to the liquor stores.

The Star Tribune estimates that there were about 65 demonstrators present, chanting "From Emmett Till to Phil Castile, no justice, no peace!"

However, KSTP described the overall protest as calm and peaceful.

The stores did close down early, which protestors declared a victory via Facebook:

The Twin Cities General Defense Community was one of the protest organizers. Here is a flyer they put out ahead of the protest:

More Castile protests

Earlier this month, Black Lives Matter Saint Paul planned a similar demonstration for Castile at the Rosedale Mall in Roseville. The group ended up canceling the protest once stores closed early in anticipation of the demonstrators. Just like in St. Anthony on Saturday, protestors felt that their economic impact had been achieved. Read more about that protest here. 

Another protest was held for Castile on Friday night at J.J. Hill Montessori School in Saint Paul, where he was well known and loved by students.

Dozens of protestors have been arrested at the governor's mansion on Summit Avenue in Saint Paul in recent weeks. Read more here.

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