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US Police Arrest 41 Protesters Angry Over Officers Shooting of Black Youth

© REUTERS / Adam BettcherMinneapolis police. (File)
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Police in the US state of Minnesota have rounded up 41 members of a group, which describes itself as non-black people supporting black organizers, for using cars to blockade a highway running through the middle of the state’s biggest city Minneapolis.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Participants face misdemeanor public nuisance charges for their protest over the police killing of a 32-year-old black man, Philando Castile, during a routine traffic stop earlier this month, local television station KMSP reported.

"The State Patrol supports the right to exercise one’s First Amendment rights, but the freeway is not the place to do so," Minnesota State Patrol Chief Colonel Matt Langer said, as quoted in the newscast.

A police officer talks with demonstrators in front of a north Minneapolis police precinct during a protest in response of Sunday's shooting death of Jamar Clark by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The group reportedly described itself as "non-Black people committed to highlighting the voices of Black organizers."

Prior to the demonstration, the group issued a press release demanding that the city of Minneapolis police department be disarmed, defunded and disbanded, local reports said.

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