I-94 Shut Down in St. Paul -- Protesters Throw Molotov Cocktails At Police

Sheri Oz

On Saturday evening, the I-94 was shut down between Highway 280 to the downtown St. Paul exit as police tried to disperse protesters angry over the death of 32-year-old Philando Castile last Wednesday. According to the Star Tribune, up to 300 protesters blocked the I-94 in both directions, and dozens of police officers were sent to open the road.

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About five police officers were injured in the I-94 protest. USA Today reported that demonstrators threw things at the police officers, including molotov cocktails and rocks.

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Protesters on the I-94 uploaded their own videos of the demonstration to social media outlets such as Twitter.

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USA Today quoted statements made by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton at a press conference. Dayton claimed that had Castile been white, he would be alive today. That is not necessarily true, however. Data on statistica.com regarding characteristics of victims of police shootings are show that twice as many whites are killed by police than blacks.

Infographic: Breakdown of U.S. citizens killed by police in 2016 | Statista This does not, however, give any details regarding the context of the shootings. Some may be totally senseless killings, such as that involving Philando Castile. On the other hand, some shootings likely occured during the commission of a crime.

The day before Castile was killed, another senseless shooting resulted in the death of Alton Sterling, 37. Sterling apparently had a history of criminal behaviors, but at the time he was killed, he may not have been a danger to anybody. Both these shootings will be investigated.

Black parents are desperate regarding how to keep their children safe.

[Photo by Joe Danborn/AP Images]

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