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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — A Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in St. Paul caused tense moments between police and hundreds of protesters as their rally disrupted light-rail and interstate traffic.

As part of a national wave of similar protests, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis led more than 500 people down one of St. Paul's main thoroughfares to the state Capitol, decrying — among other cases — the killing of Marcus Golden by St. Paul police last week. The marchers used the rally and King's legacy to press a point about policing tactics they say have gone overboard and led to the deaths of young men in Minnesota and elsewhere.

"They didn't protect Marcus. They didn't serve him," Michael McDowell, a protest organizer, told a crowd gathered in the middle of a high-traffic intersection before the march began. Police have said Golden drove his car at officers before they shot him.

The march that started near Hamline University ended at the state Capitol with a candlelit vigil for Golden. Along the way, organizers attempted to lead the group onto Interstate 94 but met a blockade of state troopers at two entrance ramps. Traffic on the highway was nonetheless briefly shut down.

The Minnesota State Patrol declined to say how many officers they dispatched for the rally. Photos from the march showed dozens of troopers blocking off the freeway with squad cars.


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