18 Arrested For Blocking Light Rail Line
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18 Arrested For Blocking Light Rail Line

October 9, 2019


GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M ALI LUCIA. I’M KIM JOHNSON. A DOZEN PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR SHUTTING DOWN LIGHT RAIL SERVICE THIS MORNING FOR AN HOUR. THE GROUP WANTS I.C.E. WILL BE ABOLISHED. PROTESTERS SET ON THE TRACKS BLOCKING THE ROAD. THEY WERE GIVEN THREE VERBAL WARNINGS BY METRO POLICE BEFORE BEING ESCORTED OFF THE TRACK. MARY McGUIRE WAS THERE ALL MORNING. SHE HAS MORE ON THE WHAT THE GROUP WAS PROTESTING AND WHY THEY CHOSE TO DO IT TODAY. Reporter: THIS DEMONSTRATION CAUSED BIG HEADACHES FOR COMMUTERS TRYING TO GET TO WORK THIS TUESDAY MORNING. THERE CAN BE IN BUSINESS AS USUAL UNLESS DEPORTATION STOPS. DOZENS OF PEOPLE GATHERED NEAR THE FORT SNELLING BLUE LINE LIGHT RAIL STOP THIS MORNING. BEFORE 9:00 A DOZEN PEOPLE SAT ON THE TRACKS BRINGING TRAFFIC TO A STAND STILL. THEY CHOSE THAT LOCATION BECAUSE IT IS CLOSEST TO THE FEDERAL BUILDING WHERE MULTIPLE DEPORTATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY. THEY USE THESE ROADS. THE VERY ROADS WE ARE SITTING ON. I.C.E. USES THESE ROADS TO BRING PEOPLE TO IMMIGRATION COURT WHERE IS THEY RECEIVE DEPORTATION ORDERS. THEY BRING PEOPLE THROUGH HERE TO DEPORT THEM. WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN TODAY. THE PROTESTERS WERE ARRESTED AFTER SITTING MORE THAN AN HOUR AND A HALF ON THE TRACKS. IN ALL 18 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED BY METRO TRANSIT POLICE AND GIVEN CITATIONS. BUSES WERE BROUGHT IN TO HELP COMMUTERS GET TO THEIR DESTINATION. THIS COMES THREE DAYS AFTER GOVERNOR DAYTON VETOED A BILL. THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL PUT OUT A STATEMENT THIS MORNING SAYING THIS IS THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF WHY THE STATE NEEDS HARSHER PUNISHMENTS. THE LIGHT RAIL LINE TAKES SOME

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