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Minneapolis police arrested eight people Thursday morning as they cleared the protest site that has been near a North Minneapolis police station for 18 days.
Police gave protesters, who had set up tents and were staying warm with fires, about 10 minutes to leave on their own before they moved in wearing riot gear.
Seven people were arrested on charges of obstruction of justice and one person was arrested on trespassing charges. No one was injured. Most of the people arrested have been released.
Thursday’s action was the result of a lot of planning and involved many agencies, Police Chief Janeé Harteau said. The timing of the action was planned for safety and availability.
“It was very strategic with those things in mind.” Harteau said. “Again, public safety is our No. 1 priority.”
Harteau said the police department has spent $750,000 on overtime through Wednesday dealing with the protest.
Mayor Betsy Hodges said the move was needed because it became clear after many conversations with protesters that they would not be moving voluntarily