MINNEAPOLIS - Protesters briefly disrupted the Twin Cities Pride Parade Sunday over the police shooting of Philando Castile.
The parade was stopped just minutes after getting underway in downtown Minneapolis, but then resumed a short time later when the protesters started marching down the street. The group briefly halted the parade throughout the route.
Parade organizers on Friday invited police to participate in the annual parade after initially asking police to minimize their participation due to tensions over a jury's recent acquittal of a Minnesota officer who fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop last year. But Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, who is the city's first openly gay police chief, called that decision "divisive."
Protesters chanted "No justice, no peace, no pride in police" and carried signs reading "Justice for Philando" and "Black Lives Matter."