Black Lives Matter group planning on 'shutting down' Twin Cities Marathon


Runners in this year's Twin Cities Marathon may find protesters standing in their way when they leave the starting line next weekend.

Black Lives Matter St. Paul plans to "shut down" the popular race "in support of" Edna Waddle and her son, Tyree Tucker, who allegedly received a "beating" from a St. Paul Police officer at a church picnic last Sunday, according to a news release on Facebook.

The group also aims to raise awareness of other arrests of African-American youths in the Twin Cities, including that of Marcus Abrams, an autistic 17-year-old they say was "forcefully arrested" by Metro Transit officers last month.

Acknowledging the possibility that disrupting the marathon may "stigmatize" the group, Black Lives Matter organizer Rashad Turner said in a statement: “for anyone who believes that a person’s journey to completing a marathon is more important than our journey to being liberated as a people, you are under the mind control of white supremacy, and it’s time to free yourself."

This will be the third large-scale event they've staged demonstrations at recently, with a protest blocking the Light Rail to the Vikings game last Sunday, and in August, a rally outside the Minnesota State Fair.

For its part, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon says it is aware of Black Lives Matter St. Paul's plans and is currently "working closely with city officials to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers, and spectators."

The marathon kicks off Sunday, Oct. 4, near the U.S. Bank Stadium site in Minneapolis.

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