MINNEAPOLIS - Hundreds of protesters shut down northbound Interstate 94 in Minneapolis between 7th Street and Broadway Avenue Monday night. In all, the Minnesota State Patrol says 42 people were arrested, a total lower than the 51 arrests first reported.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports protesters were on the freeway, attempting to block traffic. The shutdown first started around 7 p.m. Several area metro police departments were on scene attempting to control the situation. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, protesters were given four warnings to disperse or be subject to arrest. Shortly before 9 p.m., authorities began arresting protesters. The state patrol later said 34 adults and eight juveniles were arrested and will be charged with unlawful assembly and pedestrian on freeway, both misdemeanors.
The state patrol says numerous cars were damaged in the protest. At least one trooper was punched by a protester, and that person fled the scene.
Protesters used #Justice4Jamar on social media to show the protest on I-94 in real time.
Twenty-four-year-old Jamar Clark was shot in a scuffle with officers this past weekend. Police say he was a suspect in a domestic assault and interfered with paramedics at the scene. Some witnesses allege Clark was handcuffed when he was shot. Family tells KARE 11 Clark was taken off life-support Monday night.
The State Patrol says 24 law enforcement agencies from Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey and Dakota Counties were involved in responding to the I-94 shutdown.