Protesters march in St. Anthony against killing of Castile


Marchers protesting the killing of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer took to the streets of St. Anthony Village July 10, stopping traffic on Silver Lake Road as they marched south near Silver Lake Village.

People protesting the killing of Philando Castile by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights staged a rally at St. Anthony City Hall July 10. 

The peaceful event shut down Silver Lake Road between 37th and 33rd avenues N.E. for hours on the Sunday afternoon.

Some 200 people massed in front of City Hall, where they listened to speakers and performed protest chants, before marching north on Silver Lake Road escorted by a Department of Justice official in an unmarked car.

As chants of “No justice, no peace, prosecute the police” were heard in the suburban neighborhood, residents watched from lawns and inside homes.

Yard signs in front of St. Anthony ramblers reading “We see you. We hear you. We stand by you,” had popped up in the small city since the July 6 killing of Castile, and at least a few lined the march’s route.

At 37th Avenue, the group was escorted by officers from the Bloomington and Richfield police departments, as the group stopped traffic on Silver Lake Road beyond the barricades that were put up by city crews.

Passing motorists waved at police, as others parked and got out of their cars to watch the march.

City Hall and the St. Anthony Police Department were closed for the day and no officials from the city were visible. 

Organizers of Villagefest, the annual St. Anthony city celebration, have announced the cancellation of the festival’s parade on Aug. 5. 

A press release from organizers said St. Anthony police, fire and public works resources have been stretched thin in the aftermath of Castile’s death, and would not be able to properly staff the parade.

 

 

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