Nov 18 at 7:00 AM – Nov 19 at 7:00 PM CST
Background info on the arrests: https://minnesotareformer.com/2020/11/05/state-leaders-face-backlash-over-arresting-hundreds-of-protesters-in-minneapolis/
Governor Tim Walz: (651) 201-3400
Mayor Jacob Frey: (612) 673-2100
“My name is [name] and I’m a resident of [city]. I’m calling to demand that all charges be dropped against the 646 protesters who were arrested on November 4 on I-94 in Minneapolis. This was a protest against the police murders of George Floyd and so many others, demanding all votes be counted in the previous day’s presidential election and real police accountability from the winner. What would have been a short, safe march on one direction of highway became a dangerous six-hour ordeal as police surrounded protesters without giving any dispersal warning, physically blocked protesters from exiting the highway, closed both lanes of traffic, assaulted bystanders, and largely refused to wear masks to help prevent Covid-19 transmission.
Many protesters face ‘public nuisance’ charges, but the real public nuisance was the police decision to escalate the situation with unlawful mass arrests. It will also be a public nuisance to bring these flimsy, politically motivated charges before the court system which is already backlogged due to the pandemic. These charges are an attempt to intimidate the Black Lives Matter movement out of its First Amendment rights rather than address the ongoing crisis of unaccountable police murders. Drop ALL charges against the I-94 646 immediately.”
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