By Liz Collin

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Protesters are blocking traffic on both lanes of I-94 near Dale Street after a verdict was reached in the trial of the St. Anthony police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile.

A jury found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of one count of manslaughter and two counts of endangerment by intentionally shooting a firearm.

Protesters at the State Capitol (credit: CBS).

GALLERY: Protesters Block Traffic On I-94 After Castile Verdict

Three groups – Justice Occupation for Philando, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar and Communities United Against Police Brutality – announced on Facebook earlier in the week they would hold a rally at the State Capitol the day the verdict was read.

That rally gathered an estimated 2,000 people at the State Capitol Friday evening.

READ MORE: Juror Speaks Out After Officer Acquitted In Castile Shooting

Protesters at the State Capitol (credit: CBS).

After about an hour at the rally, the crowd headed west on University Avenue, halting all traffic and light rail trains along the busy road. Eventually, they turned left on Victoria Street, heading south where they crossed an overpass of I-94.

Protesters block traffic on I-94 (credit: CBS)

The massive group eventually made its way to Dale Street, heading back north at around 10:15 p.m. From there, they walked onto the Dale Street exit of I-94 and made their way onto the highway. At around 10:50 p.m., the group started marching east on the interstate toward police.

The State Patrol estimated the group on the highway at about 500 people. They say they gave them an order to disperse soon after they arrived at the scene.

State Patrol officers were eventually able to move most of the protesters off the highway at about 12:15 a.m. At around 12:40 a.m., officers started making arrests on I-94 near Marion Street.

Liz Collin

Comments (23)
  1. Going to RIOT over a FALSE narrative..

  2. Interesting…the first guy says…” How do you explain this to a 5 year old girl ” The answer is…you don’t. You let her be 5 years old. You let her be a kid. You don’t burden 5 year old children this this kind of thing.

  3. It was a few years ago now when WCCO called traffic blocking “peaceful protesting” and a little MPLS pubic school kid got hit by a car. After the public school let kids leave the school without supervision.

    Maybe news corporations should pay for the extra public safety people with their ratings gimmicks.

  4. The disruption of traffic on a major freeway sends what message? To an average citizen, it looks like a spoiled child, having a tantrum in the toy dept. of a retail store. I didn’t get what I want so you’re going to suffer now too? You’re not gaining supports, you’re just making enemies.

  5. The best way to peacefully protest is to attack the middle class directly by blocking their way to travel to/from work. You’ll never see the Democrats or Republicans caring one bit (Name one way or policy of either party supporting the middle class directly).