St. Paul, Minnesota (CNN)Thousands of protesters gathered Friday night after a jury found a police officer not guilty in last year’s fatal shooting of motorist Philando Castile.
Minnesota State Patrol said it arrested 18 protesters following demonstrations on Interstate 94 in St. Paul. They were arrested after they failed to comply with orders to disperse, the agency posted on Twitter.
St. Paul police estimated that 2,000 people marched peacefully through the streets, including a crowd gathered outside the Minnesota state Capitol. Speakers led chants, sang hymns and urged the protesters not to lose hope.
Some held signs that read “this hurts” and “Justice not served for Philando.”
By late Friday night, about 500 people chanting “Black lives … they matter here!!” marched onto Interstate 94 — two miles west of the Capitol — shutting down traffic in both directions.
The protests were expected. After officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016, demonstrations took place across the nation, partly because the aftermath of the shooting was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, a passenger in the car.
Organizers of the Friday protest said on Facebook, “This verdict shows how the system is rigged against justice for victims of police terror.”