Ferguson protesters rally in Minneapolis; car plows through crowd, injures woman


Crowds of protesters rallied and marched through Minneapolis Tuesday in response to the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri.

Some of the Minneapolis demonstrators blocked traffic at intersections and a woman was injured when a car plowed through a group of protesters.

The Star Tribune reports that a car began honking at a group of people protesting outside of the 3rd Police Precinct at East Lake Street and Minnehaha Tuesday afternoon, before driving through the crowd.

KSTP's video of the scene was taken from a helicopter.

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A video posted by the Star Tribune shows the car hitting the woman and stopping when she gets caught under the front wheel. Protesters rush to her aid and one begins hitting the vehicle.

Police have located the driver, FOX9 reports, and say he is cooperating with officers, adding that the woman did not suffer any substantial injuries.

FOX says some at the late-afternoon demonstration outside the police station in south Minneapolis sought to block traffic by lying down in intersections.

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As the crowd grew, the rally turned into a march. A portion of Highway 55 between Lake and Cedar was closed to traffic and marchers headed toward Minneapolis' Seven Corners neighborhood.

Protests across the city

Minneapolis was among several American cities where crowds took to the streets Tuesday, the day after a grand jury declined to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an African-American teen during an August skirmish.

Earlier Tuesday, many of those involved in the Minneapolis protests were students. KSTP reports several hundred University of Minnesota students took part in an afternoon demonstration at Coffman Union.

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Hundreds of students at South High School in Minneapolis staged a sit-in protest, while others walked out of school and took to the streets to march in protest.

The South High students marched down Lake Street to the 3rd police precinct. Principal Ray Aponte said the school respects their right to protest peacefully, but said anyone who left school grounds would not be allowed to return later in the day.

"We respect students' first amendment right to peacefully assemble. We will not discipline students for the act of protesting as long as the protest remains peaceful," Aponte says on the school's website.

"However, prolonged sit-ins may result in an unexcused absence from class. If students walk out of school, they will not be able to return to the school for the remainder of the day, they will not be able to participate in after school activities and they may receive an unexcused absence."

In Duluth a small group of protesters gathered in front of City Hall. The News Tribune posted an interview with some of them.

An evening rally was also planned at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.

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