Protests close westbound I-94 in Minneapolis

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | 11/17/2015

Westbound Interstate 94 in Minneapolis was closed more than three hours Monday night, Nov. 16, as about 200 protesters blocked traffic on the freeway.

I-94 reopened about 10 p.m. on Monday after 42 people – 34 adults and eight juveniles – were arrested, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Twenty-four agencies from four counties assisted the state patrol.

The protests, led by the group Black Lives Matter, were in response to a shooting early Sunday in Minneapolis. Jamar Clark, age 24, reportedly was shot by an officer and later died. Protesters have asked officials to release all video of the incident and the names of the officers involved.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called for a civil rights investigation into the shooting on Monday.

Kevin Gutknecht, communications director of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, declined to speculate whether or not there will be future protests or traffic disruptions.

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