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Student journalist arrested while covering protest in Minnesota

Incident Details

Date of Incident
June 17, 2017

Arrest/Criminal Charge

Arresting Authority
Minnesota State Patrol
Unnecessary use of force?
REUTERS/Adam Bettcher

Members of the Minnesota State Patrol arrest protesters on Interstate 94 after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer not guilty in the death of Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 16, 2017.

— REUTERS/Adam Bettcher
June 17, 2017

David Clarey, the campus editor for University of Minnesota student newspaper Minnesota Daily, was arrested along with 18 others after a mass protest following the acquittal of former police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile.

In the early evening of June 17, 2017, around 500 protesters obstructed Interstate 94 in both directions. As the protest ended, Minnesota State Patrol and St. Paul police corralled dozens who remained onto an exit ramp.

Clarey was arrested while filming shortly after midnight on June 17, 2017, alongside City Pages reporter Susan Du. The two journalists were held for nine hours and charged with unlawful assembly and being a public nuisance.

The charges were later dropped.

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