- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on protests surrounding the July 6 fatal shooting of a black man by a suburban Minneapolis police officer (all times local):

6 p.m.

Costs associated with protests in St. Paul over the shooting death of a black motorist by a suburban police officer have risen to $1.5 million.

Tonya Tennessen, spokeswoman for Mayor Chris Coleman, says of that amount, $1.3 million was for police costs through Tuesday.

The preliminary costs jumped $500,000 in the past week. As of July 17, the cost was estimated at $1 million, including a blockade that shut down Interstate 94 in St. Paul earlier this month.

Protesters have been camped outside the governor’s mansion in St. Paul since July 7, the day after a St. Anthony police officer fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in nearby Falcon Heights. Nearly 70 protesters were arrested Tuesday and early Wednesday as police cleared protesters from the street in front of the mansion.

Tennessen says St. Paul may ask the state or federal government for assistance.


10:30 a.m.

Dozens of St. Anthony residents are demanding change after one of the city’s police officers shot a black man during a traffic stop.

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile on July 6 after a traffic stop in nearby Falcon Heights. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

The Star Tribune reported that at least 75 people attended Tuesday night’s City Council meeting in St. Anthony. About 20 speakers demanded more transparency from city officials.

Speakers also called for listening sessions where residents could voice concerns, as well as for de-escalation training for police officers.

Meanwhile, the city of Falcon Heights is holding its own listening session Wednesday. Since Castile’s death, some residents have asked that Falcon Heights stop contracting with the St. Anthony Police Department.


6:15 a.m.

St. Paul police say nearly 70 protesters have been arrested as officers cleared them from the street in front of the Minnesota’s governor’s mansion.

Police say the most recent arrests were made at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when 23 people were taken into custody for public nuisance and unlawful assembly.

Demonstrators have been camped outside the governor’s mansion for weeks to protest the July 6 killing of Philando Castile, a black man who was shot by a suburban police officer during a traffic stop.

Police told the protesters Tuesday morning that they could no longer block the street. They began to gather their belongings, but tensions flared throughout the day and authorities began making arrests.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating Castile’s death.

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