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Dozens Of Peaceful Protesters Arrested For Breaking Curfew Outside Of Minnesota State Capitol

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Dozens of people were arrested for breaking curfew Monday night in St. Paul outside of the State Capitol building after a long day of peaceful protests.

When the arrests ramped up at about 10:30 p.m., WCCO's John Lauritsen was briefly detained.

Police say that roughly 2,000 people first gathered outside of the governor's mansion early Monday evening before heading to the Capitol.

Protesters are calling for the arrest of three former police officers involved in the fatal arrest of George Floyd. Another officer is already in custody.

RELATED: Former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin In Custody, Charged With Murder In George Floyd's Death

The St. Paul Police Department issued a traffic alert in the vicinity of the governor's mansion, out of an abundance of caution. Summit Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic in between Lexington Parkway and Victoria Street for the time being.

Police say that this action was to ensure safety of those who are gathered outside of the governor's residence.

The governor extended the curfew for Minneapolis and St. Paul for another two days today. But the hours are shorter -- from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The curfew is shorter because officials say people have listened, and violence has decreased from what they saw last week.

STAY INFORMED: Click here to keep up to date on George Floyd's death investigation.

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