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Protesters shut down Summit Avenue after St. Paul police opened up the street to traffic last week


A dem­on­stra­tion out­side the governor’s res­i­dence in St. Paul on Sun­day eve­ning to pro­test Philando Castile’s death had all the mak­ings of a block par­ty. Children and adults tossed wa­ter bal­loons, sang songs and ate warm food.

But the near­ly 150 peo­ple also called for jus­tice for the man who was fa­tal­ly shot by po­lice in Falcon Heights on July 6.

Al­though the pre­domi­nant mood was cheer­ful, every so of­ten some­one would start a chant: “No jus­tice, no peace, pros­ecute the po­lice.”

Allysza Castile, Philando Castile’s young­er sis­ter, thanked the crowd be­fore quick­ly leav­ing.

“I don’t know you, but I love you,” she told them be­fore the 4 p.m. ral­ly. “He was my role mod­el and he still is my role mod­el.”

The group then quick­ly moved onto Summit Avenue, which St. Paul po­lice had re­opened to car traf­fic last week af­ter pro­test­ers shut it down af­ter Castile’s death.

“Whose streets? Our streets!” they shout­ed as sev­er­al State Patrol vehi­cles book­ended the road at Oxford and Chats­worth streets.

Alma Matsuo, from New York, set up a screen-print­ing sta­tion and de­signed im­ag­es that peo­ple could print on white fab­ric and hang out­side the governor’s res­i­dence. One image had a pair of open hands and a poem by Nikki Gio­van­ni ti­tled “Allowables.”

“I was so in­spired by this poem,” Matsuo said.

Matsuo said pro­ceeds from the poem print sold on her Etsy page go to­ward bail for pro­test­ers, in­clud­ing those who par­tici­pat­ed in the In­ter­state 94 shut­down days af­ter Castile was killed.

An­oth­er pro­test is planned for ​6 p.m. Sat­ur­day out­side a St. Anthony mu­nic­i­pal liq­uor store.

A flier that was passed around said, “Prof­its from the St. Anthony liq­uor stores fund their rac­ist cops. Make ’em pay!”


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