Footage of the clash shows protesters throwing rocks and bottles at police
More than 100 people have been arrested in the American city of St Paul, Minnesota, as protests over the shooting of Philando Castile by a police officer turned violent.
The demonstrators closed a major interstate and then marched on the governor’s mansion, where a violent confrontation took place after nearly a week of peaceful demonstrations.
“Unfortunately last night some of the individuals that had gathered at the governor’s residence decided to go from peaceful protest and exercising their first amendment rights to rioting,” St Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said on Sunday morning.
Several police officers were injured as protesters threw rocks, bottles and Molotov cocktails.
“Protestors last night turned into criminals, and I’m really disgusted,” St Paul’s police chief, Todd Axtell said.
Footage of the clash shows protesters throwing rocks and bottles at police and police responding with what appeared to be pepper spray and tear gas.
By the end of the night, 102 protesters were arrested and 21 officers were injured, officials said.
The clash was the first violent outburst from protesters who have been demonstrating peacefully since Philando Castile was killed on Wednesday night.
Demonstrations took place across the US, and in London, on Friday as people marched against police brutality.
The immediate aftermath of Mr Castile’s shooting was uploaded to Facebook by Mr Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the front passenger seat. Her 4-year-old daughter was also in the car.
Following the shooting Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Mr Castile would still be alive if he had been white instead of black.