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)