- St. Paul leaders condemned the violence that broke out over the weekend when a peaceful protest over the police killing of Philando Castile turned into what they called a riot.
Castile’s family called for peace Sunday, and activists distanced themselves from those who hurled rocks and other objects at police on Interstate 94. The attacks injured 21 law enforcement officers.
Between the highway protest — and a march that followed on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue early Sunday — police arrested 102 people.
“What happened last night and early this morning does a disservice to those that have lost their lives this last week, whether it was Philando Castile in Falcon Heights or the officers (who were killed) in Dallas,” said St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Sunday morning. “This is not about grief, this is not about protest, this is about rioting, this is about violence. … This doesn’t honor anyone’s memory.”
Well, when you combine low-information individuals with a media-propagated lie, this is what you reap.