Skip to main content

Black Lives Matter plans to disrupt light rail on Vikings home opener

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Black Lives Matter St. Paul is planning to shutdown the light-rail line in St. Paul before the Minnesota Vikings home opener on Sunday in Minneapolis.

On Facebook the group announced plans to interrupt light-rail service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the TCF Bank location at Lexington Parkway and University Avenue.

The group says it intends to show support for Marcus Abrams, a 17-year-old with Asperger's syndrome, who was forcefully arrested by Metro Transit officers Aug. 31 at the Lexington Parkway station.

Organizer Rashad Turner wrote that it will be a "disciplined, peaceful, protest against this injustice and all police excessive force."

The group asks people to come to the event to support Abrams "and all of the other children who live with autism and fight against injustices that continue to plague black women, men, and children."

The game is scheduled to kickoff at noon, and thousands of Vikings fans ride the Green Line prior to and after Vikings home games.

According to the Pioneer Press, a Metro Transit spokesman says the agency has dealt with similar demonstrations and plans to ensure it can deliver the services riders expect on Sunday.

But if rail service is affect by the protest a spokesman notes there will be alternative routes available.

"While I'm not going to get into the details of what we'll do, in the past when needed our bus service has been able to supplement and augment some of our train service," Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla told MPR News.

Riders on Sunday can keep updated on Metro Transit service interruptions on the

" target="_blank">MetroTransitMN's Twitter page. They also can sign up for email and text alerts at MetroTransit.org.

Padilla advises riders to keep tabs on the situation Sunday morning and allow some extra time for their trips.

Next Up

Wild

Wild flip the script, dominate Blackhawks

Ryan Hartman scored twice to earn the first game of a back-to-back.

Hopkins Basketball

Hopkins suffers rare loss to No. 1 ranked Sidwell Friends

The Royals held their own in a battle of the nation's best.

argue-wertman booking photos

Charges: 2 teens responsible for violent carjacking spree across Twin Cities

They face a combined 31 felony counts, all tied to carjackings and related crimes.

rep nolan west mn house

MN rep. says he was 'assaulted' at activist group's public meeting

The Republican said a man grabbed his arms and yanked him from the room.

Screen Shot 2022-01-20 at 12.56.52 PM

What were the 'bizarre things' seen in Minnesota's sky?

The mysterious streaks were not UFOs and they weren't pieces of an asteroid.

icicles, freezing weather, cold weather

Booming noises in the night could be frost quakes

The loud sounds are most likely to happen during the middle of the night.

coronavirus, coronavirus test, covid-19

Free COVID testing site to open in St. Paul for 3 weeks

The federal testing site comes as demand for testing remains high.

Reyel Simmons photo 1 - complaint - crop

MN TikToker accused of faking federal agent life pleads guilty

He told his 10,000 followers he was a Homeland Security agent — authorities say it was a lie.

Wilf

Report: Vikings request second interview with 2 GM candidates

Ryan Poles of the Chiefs and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah of the Browns.

Amaya Battle

Hopkins takes on No. 1 team in the country on ESPNU Friday

The game will feature a pair of top recruits in the Class of 2022.

st. paul federation of educators - teachers

Educators in Minneapolis, St. Paul could strike amid contract negotiations

Teachers and support staff are demanding smaller class sizes, mental health support and better pay.

Related