Marchers protest, tie up traffic in St. Paul to mark Ferguson shooting


Hundreds of people marched through the streets of St. Paul Monday evening to mark the one-year anniversary of the death in Ferguson, Missouri, of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer.

The death of Brown, who was unarmed, launched a wave of protests in Missouri and across the country against perceived unfair treatment by police officers of people of color.

Similar incidents in other cities have added to the frustration and led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, which is calling for reforms in police procedures.

The St. Paul demonstration began at 6 p.m. at Hamline Park at Lafond and Snelling avenues, and lasted about two hours.

The demonstration was orderly, but it did disrupt street traffic and Green Line light rail service on University Avenue for about 45 minutes, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

At one point, participants conducted a "die in" and laid down in the middle of University Avenue at Snelling Avenue for several minutes, the newspaper notes.

The marchers moved down the street and blocked the intersection of University and Hamline Avenues for, again causing traffic and train delays for about 15 minutes.

They also stopped in front of the St. Paul Police Department's Western District station to rally for Marcus Golden, who was fatally shot by St. Paul police in January.

The officers said they shot Golden because he drove his SUV toward them at high speed in the parking lot of an apartment building in St. Paul Jan. 14. In May, a grand jury cleared the two officers of any wrongdoing.

But many in the crowd Monday evening still question the police's accounting of the incident.

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