ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The St. Paul City Attorney’s Office announced Monday the decision to charge with third-degree riot all 46 adults arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol during the protest that shut down Interstate 94 for more than 5 hours over the weekend. Bail has been set by Ramsey County District Court at $1,500. Those facing charges could make their first court appearance as soon as Tuesday morning.
"The city attorney’s office reviewed the evidence from the event, including police reports, photos and video," a statement said. "In each case, they determined there is sufficient evidence to charge individuals."
Sunday morning, St. Paul police indicated 50 people were arrested on I-94, but the city attorney said the correct number is 46 adults and 1 juvenile. Those who do not post bail Monday will remain in the Ramsey County jail overnight and appear in court Tuesday morning. Any charging decisions regarding the juvenile arrested will be separately considered by Ramsey County Attorney’s Juvenile Division.
The city attorney had until 10 p.m. Monday to make a decision on whether or not to charge the arrested protesters.
"Over the weekend, rioters endangered others when they stormed Interstate 94, refused to follow more than two dozen orders from law enforcement officers to leave the freeway, and instead opted to participate in an incident that developed into a full scale riot," St. Paul City Attorney Samuel Clark said.
21 officers injured in I-94 shutdown
Hundreds of people protesting the shooting death of Philando Castile gathered Saturday night at the Governor’s Residence on Summit Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., then marched onto Interstate 94, shutting down the highway for more than 5 hours.
Sunday morning, St. Paul police confirmed 21 officers from multiple agencies were injured, and 102 people were arrested. A University of Minnesota Police officer suffered a spinal compression injury from a concrete chunk that was dropped from an overpass.
Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, released a statement Sunday in response to the protests that have taken place following the deadly officer-involved shooting.
“On behalf of myself and our entire family, we urge all people to remain peaceful in all demonstrations throughout our community and our nation. When demonstrations become violent, it disrespects my son and his memory. Philando was a man of peace and dignity. Please, I ask you to at all times remain peaceful in your expressions of concern regarding his death at the hands of the police. I promise that we will not rest until justice prevails.”
The shooting of Philando Castile
Philando Castile, 32, was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday night, July 6. A graphic video streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend captured the aftermath of shooting from inside the car.
Since the shooting, the Governor’s Residence has been a meeting place for protesters and a venue for impromptu news conferences with Castile’s family and community leaders.
Saturday morning, the attorney representing St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting of Philando Castile told Fox 9 “race did not play a part in the use of deadly force at all.” Attorney Tom Kelly says it was the presence of a gun and the actions of Castile that led to the deadly shooting.
“Officer Yanez was reacting to the actions of the driver,” Kelly said in a phone conversation with Fox 9’s Paul Blume. “This incident had nothing to do with race. It had everything to do with the presence of a gun. Race did not play a part in the use of deadly force at all. It was the presence of a gun.”
Timeline of Philando Castile shooting
JULY 7, 10 AM - Governor: 'Justice will be served in Minnesota'
JULY 7, 9:50 PM - Police officers identified in fatal shooting of Philando Castile
JULY 8, 10:30 AM - Prosecutor considering grand jury in Philando Castile shooting
JULY 9, 8 PM - Protest shuts down Interstate 94 in St. Paul