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Protesters Demand Police Accountability in Rallies Throughout Weekend

Left: A "die-in" at the Hennepin County Government Center Sunday afternoon. Right: A protest that shut down Broadway Street between north and northeast Minneapolis Saturday night.

Left: A "die-in" at the Hennepin County Government Center Sunday afternoon. Right: A protest that shut down Broadway Street between north and northeast Minneapolis Saturday night.

Anger over a lack of police accountability on a national and local scale manifested itself through a number of protests in Minneapolis this weekend.

A Saturday night rally temporarily shut down Broadway Avenue heading into northeast Minneapolis, and yesterday people protested on the University of Minnesota campus before the Vikings game and later at the Hennepin County Government Center.

See also: Protesters Shut Down 35W, March on City Hall [Video]

The protest on Broadway grew out of a standing-room-only planning meeting hundreds attended at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) Saturday afternoon.

At the meeting activists discussed ways to harness the anger over the lack of indictments in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, as well as local incidents like #Pointergate and Chris Lollie's skyway tasering into tangible change.

NOC wants people who experience police harassment to document their experiences at a new blog called Minneapolis Cop Watch. It also wants the Minneapolis City Council to restore $150,000 it cut from the city's budget for racial equity initiatives. The final budget will be approved at Wednesday's City Council meeting, and you can bet there will be protesters there.

Another protest is planned at the Hennepin County Government Plaza next Saturday, and the video from last Saturday's planning meeting is available online.