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Police officer hit by concrete at protest cleared for work, did not …

The police officer who had a large chunk of concrete dropped on his head during a protest Saturday on Interstate 94 sustained a spinal compression injury, not a broken vertebrae as initially reported.

St. Paul police had initially described the injury as “broken vertebrae” Sunday on Twitter.

The University of Minnesota Police Department provided an update on its officer’s condition Monday.

Tim Busse, a U spokesman, said the officer was “cleared to return (to work) but he’s taking a couple days off.”

St. Paul police said Sunday that 21 officers from various agencies were hurt while responding to several hundred people demonstrating on and around I-94 after the Falcon Heights shooting death of Philando Castile and other incidents of police violence against people of color.

The university police officer’s injury was the most serious reported. He was wearing a helmet when hit by a 25-pound chunk of concrete thought to have been dropped from a pedestrian bridge over the highway, police said.

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