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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, June 16, 2017, after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

18 protesters were arrested following the acquittal of the cop who killed Philando Castile



Authorities arrested 18 people during a protest following the acquittal of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile, according to the Associated Press. In a news release on Saturday, Minnesota State Police spokeswoman Lt. Tiffani Nielson said officers began making arrests around 12:30 a.m. after issuing three warnings for them to get off Interstate 94 in St. Paul.

Those who were arrested were booked at the Ramsey County Jail on charges that included being a pedestrian on a busy freeway.

Protests erupted on Friday after a jury found St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter and other charges in the fatal shooting of Castile during a traffic stop. In the beginning, activists ralled outside the state Capitol but eventually made their way to the streets, with hundreds splintering off and obstructing the freeway for roughly two hours. 

18 protesters were arrested following the acquittal of the cop who killed Philando Castile

WATCH | A community activist explains his outrage over the jury's verdict.

Castile's death in 2016 inundated international headlines after his girlfriend had posted a Facebook livestream of the seconds immediately following the shooting. However, no video existed of what exactly had happened inside the car, which left the jury to decide whether or not they believed Yanez's claims that Castile was reaching for his gun. As a result, Yanez said he feared for his life.

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