He did not specify what charges could be brought against the detainees.
According to the PR firm, which is detained by the city of Brooklyn Center, the city has issued a city-wide curfew from 6 p.m. 23 Friday night to kl. 6 Saturday.
State troopers have begun arresting and leading protesters away in zipties. According to an on-site KSTP team, a “cavalcade” of team cars flooded Humboldt Avenue to treat people arrested.
The Minnesota State Patrol has now rushed into the area, forming a line blocking Humboldt Avenue from the south side of the police station. Chopper footage shows people in the crowd running away to nearby parking lots while team cars flank the police station from the north.
Authorities have declared the protest outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department an illegal assembly, according to the KSTP crew on the scene.
Protesters were seen rattling over the fence as tensions grew and police have deployed flash bangs to disperse the crowds. Some protesters in front of the group have shielded themselves with umbrellas.
The number of protesters outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department has now swelled to “several hundred,” according to KSTP reporter Richard Reeve. The spectators have so far been peaceful and there has been no commitment from law enforcement.
Chopper footage shows National Guard vehicles parked near the inside of the double-layered chain fence, but no members of police are visible on the police station’s front lawn, which is brightly lit with floodlights. However, our crews have seen troops on the roof of the building.
Protesters marched south from the police station and gathered at 65th and Humboldt avenues just off the entrance to Highway 100 before turning around and heading back north. Over the past week, the Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota National Guard have blocked this intersection and used it as a staging area to arrest protesters past curfews.
An on-site KSTP reporter estimates 200 people are already outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department. The protesters are up against the fence and singing, but so far it has been a peaceful assembly.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced tonight that he will change course and not impose a city-wide curfew Friday night. The latest curfew came into force on Thursday at. 22, but police did not issue any dispersal orders, although protesters remained outside the police department at.
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