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Black Lives Matter activists march to Dayton’s home

A few dozen “Black Lives Matter” demonstrators rallied Tuesday outside Gov. Mark Dayton’s home.

The protesters wanted an apology from Dayton, but his spokesman says the governor had off-site meetings scheduled in the afternoon and would not be home when the protesters arrived.

Dayton last week called the group’s plans to protest outside the Minnesota State Fair “inappropriate.”  A crowd estimated by police of up to 350 marched outside the fair on Saturday, but no injuries or arrests were reported. Police organizations did take exception to the chant “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” though a march organizer said Monday that law enforcement officials were cherry-picking a 30-second chant to take issue with an otherwise peaceful protest.

WCCO-AM reports about 30 people gathered outside the Governor’s Residence on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue on Tuesday evening. The group marched through the streets before returning to the mansion.

The Star Tribune reports protesters chanted on the way back to the residence: “Shame on Governor Dayton, black lives are sacred.”

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