Every adult arrested on I-94 during the Philando Castile protest is being charged


All of the adults arrested during the Saturday night Philando Castile protest on I-94 will face third-degree riot charges.

The City of St. Paul announced the decision Monday afternoon – they had until 10 p.m. to charge the 46 adults arrested by the State Patrol, or release them. Third-degree riot carries a sentence of up to a year in prison, and a fine of up to $1,000, if convicted.

They were taken into custody Saturday night after the protest blocked the highway for hours, and descended into clashes with police. Rocks, concrete blocks, fireworks and bottles were thrown at officers, who responded with smoke bombs, flash bangs and pepper spray.

Police said 27 officers were injured, including one who suffered a severe back injury. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman later called what happened a "riot."

Police originally said 50 people were arrested on I-94, but clarified Monday the actual number is 46 adults, plus one juvenile. (A decision on whether to charge the juvenile hasn't been made, the city said).

The City Attorney's Office went over evidence from the night, "including police reports, photos and video," according to the city's news release. Prosecutors decided there was enough evidence to charge each of the adults.

Bail for them has been set at $1,500. People who don't post bail will stay in jail overnight, and be in court Tuesday, the city said.

Another 52 people were arrested off the highway at about 4 a.m., and face public nuisance and unlawful assembly charges. They've been released.

Meanwhile Black Lives Matter Minneapolis has been asking for support to help pay legal fees, and also to help those who were jailed get back home after they're released.

A march and protest Sunday near the St. Anthony Police Department was peaceful.


Castile's family hires high-profile judge

The Castile family meanwhile has hired well-known Judge Glenda Hatchett and The Hatchett Law Firm to represent them in any civil matters that might come up, according to an email news release.

Hatchett starred on the nationally syndicated TV show "Judge Hatchett," and previously served eight years as chief judge of the Juvenile Court of Fulton County, Georgia, which includes Atlanta.

“Valerie Castile and her family are very passionate and committed to ensuring that Philando’s death is not just another statistic,” Hatchett said in the release. “She wants her son’s death to mark a time in this country’s history where reform becomes less about rhetoric and more about reality.”

Hatchett and Valerie Castile will speak more about it Tuesday morning.

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