Protesters march through downtown Minneapolis for Philando Castile

Saturday evening's protest was much smaller than the one in St. Paul Friday.
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Protesters took to the streets and Interstate 94 in St. Paul Friday to protest the decision to acquit Officer Jeronimo Yanez for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. Now another march is set to begin at 5 p.m. in Minneapolis.

This one is called a Solidarity March Against Police Violence and White Silence, and it will begin with a rally at Loring Park. It's hosted by Nekima Levy-Pounds, a civil rights activist who is running for mayor of Minneapolis.

Friday's protest in St. Paul started at 7 p.m. and went late into the night. It ended with more than a dozen people being arrested. Here's the latest from Saturday's rally and march:

8:35 p.m.

The crowd of protesters appears headed back to Loring Park, where they originally gathered.

There have been no reports of arrests, injuries, violent incidents, or anything close. And Metro Transit says Hennepin Avenue is now totally cleared.

We'll stop the the live updates here – barring something surprising or particularly eventful happening. In which case we'll be back in this spot, providing more info as it comes in.

8:10 p.m.

Things have generally been quiet Saturday evening, especially compared to Friday's large protest in St. Paul. KSTP has a live stream for anyone interested. Reporter Chris Long noted on Twitter there were some "slightly more tense" moments when demonstrators were next to police officers. But nothing escalated, and the crowd has turned back down Hennepin Avenue, toward the direction they came from.

7:45 p.m.

The group has now moved to the front of the 1st Precinct police station in downtown Minneapolis, according to Star Tribune reporter Liz Sawyer and KSTP's Chris Long.

7:17 p.m.

Light rail trains are, unsurprisingly, delayed.

7:09 p.m.

The crowd continues to stop traffic on Hennepin Avenue. Twitter user @jhustedt has posted some Periscope videos.

Here's the latest from 5th Street and Hennepin Avenue. The crowd is sitting on the light rail tracks, and there are speakers taking turns on a mic.

6:56 p.m.

CNN's Sara Sidner is in Minneapolis, covering the march. She took this video of the crowd in front of the Basilica of Saint Mary, on the border of downtown Minneapolis.

From there they continued along Hennepin Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares through downtown. They held a sit-in at one of the intersections.

It's causing traffic delays – including for Metro Transit buses.

6:30 p.m.

It looks like demonstrators are going to start marching through downtown Minneapolis. They plan to shut down some intersections.

6:20 p.m.

A couple hundred people are gathered at Loring Park, including relatives of Jamar Clark, the man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police during an altercation on Nov. 15, 2015.

People in Chicago and New York City are also demonstration, showing their support for Philando Castile.

5:50 p.m.

There are an estimated 200-300 people at the Loring Park rally.

5:30 p.m.

Nekima Levy-Pounds is speaking at the rally at Loring Park.

5:15 p.m.

People are gathered in Loring Park to protest the Yanez verdict, and according to tweets they have no intention to march on the freeway like they did Friday night.

People in New York City are also hosting a protest about the verdict.

5 p.m.

Here's a statement from the Minneapolis Police Department regarding Saturday's rally:

"We are aware of the rally and will monitor it. The rally is in Loring Park which is controlled by the Park Police Department. If the rally goes out onto city streets we will make sure that the rally members can safely exercise their First Amendment rights as well as make sure people visiting downtown Minneapolis can safely get to their destination."

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