Anti-police shooting protest affects State Fair traffic

The groups were protesting fatal officer-involved shootings

Sloane Martin
August 25, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Photo: St. Paul Police Department twitter (@sppdmn)

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No one was arrested during an anti-police violence protest that affected traffic for several hours outside the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday.

About twenty people from protesting fatal officer-involved shootings started demonstrating at Hamline Park in St. Paul, several miles south of the Fairgrounds. It the fourth straight year the groups have protested during the fair, following the 2015 death pf Marcus Golden.

The march went north on Snelling Ave. to the front gates, and then back south, causing police to close down traffic lanes.

Some of the 50 or so marchers held signs that say "Native Lives Matter." Others had the names of people who died in police shootings on what looks like a tombstone.

The groups included the Anti-War Committee, Black Lives Matter - Minnesota, Black Lives Matter - Twin Cities Metro, Black Saint Paul, CUAPB, Justice for Cordale Handy, Justice for Marcus Golden, Justice for Justine, Justice for Phil Quin, Justice for Thurman Blevins, Native Lives Matter, and Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar.

The most recent fatal police shooting in the Twin Cities metro was earlier this month in St. Paul. Police body camera video of that shooting showed Billy Hughes holding a gun when officers opened fire. The shooting remains under invesatigation.