'White Allies' Shut Down Minneapolis Freeway Protesting Philando Castile's Death

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.– A group of up to 50 demonstrators protesting the death of Philando Castile blocked  Interstate 35 this morning, causing the Minnesota State Patrol to arrest 41 people.
The group identified themselves as non-blacks who are stepping up on behalf of Black Lives Matters, reports kstp.com. Castile was shot and killed July 6 by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn.
“The State Patrol supports the right to exercise one’s First Amendment rights, but the freeway is not the place to do so,” said Col. Matt Langer, Minnesota State Patrol chief. “The closure of an interstate freeway for the purposes of a demonstration is unacceptable. They are used by everyone and are an artery for emergency vehicles. It is illegal to walk on the freeway and blocking traffic is dangerous for both pedestrians and motorists.”

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