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Police close Summit Ave. again after clearing out protesters

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Two hours after police told protesters they couldn't block Summit Avenue anymore, the road was closed again.

Activists have been holding demonstrations outside the Governor's Residence on Summit Avenue since July 7 to protest the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.

But at 2 a.m. Tuesday, St. Paul police told protesters they could no longer block traffic, but were welcome to demonstrate on the sidewalk, police said on Facebook.

"Officers informed protesters that the department respects their right to exercise their First Amendment rights, and people who wish to continue demonstrating are still free to do so in public, as long as they do not block the street," the Facebook post said.

Police reopened the street to traffic overnight, but they closed it again just after 4 a.m. Tuesday, citing safety precautions.

Here's the scene outside of the Governor's Residence Tuesday morning:

The police department says it will continue to work to make sure demonstrators are safe, but also that those who use Summit Avenue on a daily basis can drive down the street.

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