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First 3 defendants sentenced in Castile shooting protest


Supporters of Philando Castile hold a portrait of Castile as they march along University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017. The vigil was held after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting last year of Castile. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Supporters of Philando Castile hold a portrait of Castile as they march along University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., leaving a vigil at the state Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017. The vigil was held after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting last year of Castile. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The first three people to stand trial for shutting down Interstate 94 in St. Paul last year over the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Adam Burch, Zachary Kolodziej and Elise Sommers pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday to unlawful assembly and public nuisance. Each was sentenced to a year of probation and fines and fees totaling $186. They were the first of 21 protesters charged in the July 9, 2016, demonstration to face trial.

The three said their actions were a necessary reaction to a system that unjustly targets people of color.

More than 100 people were arrested at the protest, which followed the July 6, 2016, shooting death of Castile during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

Source: AP

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