Riot charges after violent St. Paul protest

Protests in the twin cities led to more than 100 people arrested and multiple injuries. The protest began on Saturday evening on 94 in St. Paul. The protest went until 4:30 am on Sunday. The protest was in response to the shooting of Philandro Castile who was shot by a Falcon Heights police officer. 21 officers were injured and rocks and tear gas were being thrown. One officer has a broken vertebra when a concrete block fell on his head and is currently still in the hospital. Other officers were hurt as a result of objects being thrown around. It was also reported that a man threw a firework and that others were in a tree throwing water bottles at the police. There were hundreds of officers that responded to the protest.

Protesters were also lined up at Governor Dayton’s house and the case has gained national attention. President Obama also addressed the protest and violence against police officers. The arrestees are currently being held in the Ramsey county jail. The St. Paul city attorney’s office charged 46 adults with third-degree riot as a result of the violent protest. Bail was set at $1500 and will be likely in court tomorrow morning. There were more protesters at the Ramsey county jail today singing civil rights songs.

Third-degree Riot in Minnesota

In Minnesota the statute hold that 3rd degree riot is when: three or more persons assembled disturb the public peace by an intentional act or threat of unlawful force or violence to person or property, each participant therein is guilty of riot third degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $1,000, or both. The arrested individuals should retain counsel when trying to fight the charges against them.

If you have been charged with riot in Minnesota as a result of a protest, contact a criminal defense attorney. If you are facing riot charges, you will need a skilled defense attorney on your side. Keller Law Offices for a free consultation at 952-913-1421 and visit the firm’s website at Do not appear in court without a criminal defense attorney. Max Keller is an experienced Ramsey county defense attorney and has represented many individuals in the past on riot charges. Stay tuned to the Keller Law Offices blog to see what happens to the 46 individuals charged with 3rd-degree riot.

He has won jury trial cases in misdemeanor and felony cases and in DWI’s and non-DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. He is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Involve a criminal appeal attorney soon after you learn the prosecution is appealing your sentence. Your attorney will walk you through the involving and confusing sentencing guidelines. An attorney's involvement will also help you develop a defense strategy for the appeal.