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Police: Summit Ave. closes again, 46 protesters arrested


St. Paul police say they arrested 46 people Tuesday as officers attempted to re-open Summit Avenue.

Officials have been forced to close Summit Avenue on and off over the past three weeks due to protesters blocking the street and on Tuesday around 7 a.m., police told demonstrators they had to leave because they are an "unlawful assembly."

Those who didn't comply with orders were arrested, according to the St. Paul Police Department.

Police Chief Todd Axtell said of the first 25 arrested, 10 were booked into jail and 15 were cited and released.

People have been picketing the Governor's Residence since Philando Castile was fatally shot during a traffic stop July 6, promising to stay there until St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged in the man's death.

Justice Occupation for Philando Facebook page is asking people to donate to their bail fund. You can do so here.

6:45 p.m. – About 20 more arrests made

More protesters were arrested Tuesday evening and Summit Ave. has been closed again.

People on site went to Twitter to say officers started moving in on the protesters and taking people into custody.

The efforts were slowed for a while, as one woman collapsed and needed medical care. An ambulance did arrive on scene.

People on scene report about 20 more people have been arrested.

5 p.m. Calm at Summit Ave.

The latest from Summit Avenue is that things have calmed down, albeit protesters are still in situ. BringMeTheNews will keep an eye on developments as the proceed, so keep an eye out later for any more stories to emerge from the demonstration.

4:50 p.m. Police chief: 'We don't want to arrest people'

Chief Todd Axtell says "the last thing we want to do is make arrests," but said the police have a responsibility to the 300,000 people of St. Paul and those visiting to ensure they can move freely and safely through the city.

Around 25 people so far have been arrested – with more still to come – 10 of them booked into jail and 15 of them cited and released.

4:45 p.m. Coleman speaks on protest

Coleman says that protesters will be allowed to continue their demonstration as is their right under the 1st Amendment, provided they do so peacefully and don't block the street.

The arrests came however when some members of the protest became "defiant and were becoming dangerous," with some said to have thrown objects at cars when police tried to open the road.

4:30 p.m. – Police and Mayor give press conference

St. Paul police chief Todd Axtell and mayor Chris Coleman are giving a press conference into today's arrests.

2:55 p.m. – Father of boy led away by police clarifies what happened

Earlier on there were images circulating of a young boy being escorted from the protest by police, allegedly after his parents had been arrested.

The boy's father has been on Twitter to clarify what actually happened.

2:35 p.m. – Summit Avenue is closed again

That didn't last long. The one block stretch of Summit Avenue outside the mansion is closed once again.

Police vehicles have resumed a blockade at either end of the block while protesters continue to demonstrate outside the mansion.

The city has clearly done a rush job in erecting some signs telling people they are not allowed to obstruct the street or sidewalk without a "pemit."

This has just gone up near the mansion ... the lesson learned here is not to make spelling mistakes when there are a load of journalists around – several have pointed out the "pemit" error already, while there's also reference to "obstucting."

2:20 p.m. – Protesters march back to Governor's Mansion

Police stopped blocking the section of Summit Ave. at Oxford Street in order to re-open the road, so protesters started marching straight back to the Governor's Residence, chanting in the street with state troopers standing watch.

With protesters still congregating in the street it's hard to see the road staying open for much longer.

1:40 p.m. – Police set to reopen Summit Avenue

1:20 p.m. – Police block Summit Avenue from protesters

Live video from the Justice Occupation for Philando shows police blocking Summit Avenue at Oxford Street from protesters.

Protesters cleaned up before arrests

For much of the morning, protesters worked with the city to cleanup the area outside the Governor's Residence, and they negotiated terms with police in order to continue their peaceful demonstrations.

“After some conversations among officers and protesters, and among protesters themselves, they cleared their belongings from the street themselves,” St. Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders told the Pioneer Press, adding people are allowed to demonstrate on the sidewalk, but can't block it or the street.

Protesters vowed Tuesday to keep demonstrating outside the Governor's Residence, according to posts on the Justice Occupation for Philado Facebook page.

In order to do so, police and protest organizers negotiated terms, including removing trash, bringing in a street sweeper, remove graffiti and not add any new signs, FOX 9's Bill Keller tweeted around 10:30 a.m.

WCCO's Ashley Roberts says protesters aren't allowed to have anything that resembles "permanent occupation," including chairs, tents and tarps, or they could be arrested. Reports say protesters were also warned to stay out of the street and allow access on the sidewalk or they'd be subject to arrest.

More tweets from Tuesday

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