Black Lives Matter Protest Held on Light Rail Tracks

Light-rail service has resumed in St. Paul after protesters shut down the line before Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings home opener.

Black Lives Matter St. Paul staged a die-in on the Green Line light-rail tracks to protest what they consider excessive force by Metro Transit police officers who arrested a 17-year-old boy with autism there Aug. 31.

The boy addressed the crowd.

The Star Tribune reports about 100 protesters gathered.

After staging the die-in, the group walked to a police station before returning.

Some counter-protesters stood nearby, prompting a confrontation that organizers defused.

Metro Transit used buses to replace Green Line trains in that area.

The Green Line serves TCF Bank Stadium, where the Vikings hosted Detroit,

A Metro Transmit spokesman says the incident that sparked the protest remains under investigation. 

(photo credit: KMSP)

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