In Minneapolis today, the Super Bowl may shape up as the second most noteworthy event, with protests of several kinds erupting throughout the city. Demonstrators have blocked the light rail system line which today at least was apparently only allowing passengers who were holding Super Bowl tickets. In a demonstration against police brutality and racial inequality, Black Lives Matter protesters wearing “You can’t play with Black Lives” shirts were dancing and chanting outside in the single-digit Minneapolis temperatures.
This tweet features a video of some of the protesters, some of whom physically stood on the train tracks to stop the light rail from proceeding. Several people have already been arrested. As the tweet notes, protests are “calling out city official for de-investing in black communities while overfunding police”:
#BlackLivesMatter protesters have been dancing and chanting as they blockade the light rail near #Minneapolis #SuperBowl stadium. They're calling out city officials for de-investing in black communities while overfunding police https://t.co/OgE1ozvv9s #SuperBowl52 #SuperBowlLII pic.twitter.com/QdcCCtLA4H
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 4, 2018
Police abuse of firearms has certainly been a problem in Minneapolis and authorities are gearing up for what would be a subdued response to the current protests. In accordance with The Hill:
Minneapolis was in the national spotlight after multiple fatal police shootings. In one instance, an officer shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop. In another case, an Australian woman was shot and killed by police after she had called 911 for assistance. City police and Metro Transit representatives said they are prepared to handle the protests. A Metro Transit spokesman told The Associated Press a contingency plan is in place to ensure riders get to the stadium before kickoff.