From Truth Revolt: The St. Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter (yes, there is one) plans to block the finish line of Sunday’s Twin Cities Marathon in protest of the “forceful arrest” of a black St. Paul teen, reports the Daily Caller.
Leaders of the movement say that they plan to prevent the 12,000 participating runners from completing the 26-mile run. The protest will take place about a mile before the finish line.
“We don’t plan on having any physical contact with runners, but we do plan to make ourselves the finish line,” said organizer Rashad Turner. He added,
“My hope is the marathon runners realize they’re not going to be able to finish this race and instead of being angry and complaining, that they join in in the protest and stand in solidarity because justice is all we are asking for.”
Yes, I’m sure that the marathoners who just ran 25 miles will be happy to throw away all their hard training and competitive efforts a mere mile from the finish line to stand in solidarity with a gaggle of protesters.
Turner organized the event to strike a financial loss to Twin Cities in Motion, the group that organizes the marathon. “There’s a lot of money involved. Unfortunately, we live in a country where the right people don’t create change until their money is affected,” Turner said.
The protest is in response to the recent arrest of 15-year-old Tyree Tucker, who was arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly standing up to a police officer who was disrespecting Tucker’s mother. The arrest was caught on video and community members are calling it a forceful arrest.
Law enforcement officials are preparing for the protest but are undecided as to the best course of action. Protesters conceivably could be charged with disorderly conduct for disrupting a city event.
The St. Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter has organized a variety of protests in Minnesota, notes the Daily Caller, including a rally at the Mall of America and a shutdown of a Minneapolis highway. St. Paul police have rarely arrested Black Lives Matter protesters. Turner said his people are prepared for possible arrests.