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Line 3 protests at Capitol, Walz residence yield different police responses

One day involved working with a tribal liaison, another ended in 69 arrests


September 7, 2021

Evan Frost, Minnesota Public Radio via AP

Two activists, who identify as water protectors, carry away the coals of a ceremonial fire after being removed from a state Capitol protest opposing the Line 3 pipeline.

A week of protests in St. Paul over the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project last month ended in a pair of law enforcement encounters with vastly different outcomes.

Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington hailed his department's work on Aug. 27 negotiating the removal of a teepee that no longer had a permit to be on the Capitol grounds as a "triumph" of community centered policing.

The next day, however, police arrested 69 people outside Gov. Tim Walz's residence as a demonstration escalated to levels state law enforcement leaders say they have not seen in past protests outside the Summit Ave. mansion.


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