St. Paul, Minnesota police arrested 46 protesters camping in front of the governor’s mansion Tuesday for blocking the street after 20 days of occupation to protest Philando Castile's fatal shooting by police.
The protesters said they would remain until the shooter, Officer Jeronimo Yanez, was charged.
"We don't need to be treated like animals and criminals when we're simply out here demanding justice for someone who didn't deserve to be killed," MPR News quoted one protester saying.
Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds also denounced the "show of military force against unarmed peaceful protesters.”
One woman suffered from an apparent seizure.
Police came in the morning, when many of the protesters were sleeping, and told them to evacuate the camp, which they deemed an unlawful assembly, so they could open Summit Avenue. The occupiers complied, but some confronted police, who drew their batons and chemical irritant and closed the street off again, reported MPR News.
A similar operation last week ended with protesters ditching the sidewalk for the street. Most were charged for disorderly conduct and being a public nuisance.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is attending the Democratic National Convention and has been at his residence two of the 20 days the occupiers were camped out.
His spokesperson said that the arrests were on the initiative of the police, not of his office. Dayton admitted that had Castile been white, he would not have been shot for a traffic violation.