Minnesota highway reopens following protest

A woman rings the doorbell at the gate of the Governors Mansion as demonstrators gather in St. Paul, Minn., protesting a police involved shooting early Thursday, July 7, 2016. A Minnesota officer fatally shot a man in a car with a woman and a child in Falcon Heights, an official said. St. Anthony Police interim police chief Jon Mangseth said the incident began when an officer pulled over a vehicle Wednesday in the St. Paul suburb. Mangseth said he did not have details about the reason for the traffic stop, but that at some point shots were fired. The man was struck but no one else was injured, he said. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Police say the section of Interstate 94 in St. Paul that was closed by protesters has been reopened.

Officers used smoke bombs just after midnight as about 200 people blocked the roadway to protest recent fatal police shootings of black men, including one last week during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul.

Police say arrests were made during the protest, which began Saturday night at the governor’s mansion before protesters marched to the interstate.

Police say at least five officers suffered non-serious injuries when hit by rocks, firecrackers and bottles thrown by protesters.

The St. Louis Police Department tweeted that the interstate had reopened early Sunday morning, after officers cleared debris.

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