Demonstrators protest police violence ahead of Super Bowl

Demonstrators gathered near the site of the Super Bowl on Sunday to protest police brutality, blocking off a rail line carrying fans to the game, according to multiple reports.

A few dozen activists took part in a protest near the Minneapolis Metro Transit Green Line on Sunday afternoon. Many wore shirts that read “You Can’t Play With Black Lives” as they blocked off the railway, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

A separate “Take a Knee” demonstration near U.S. Bank Stadium to protest policy brutality and racism drew hundreds of people, the newspaper reported. 

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Minneapolis was in the national spotlight after multiple fatal police shootings. In one instance, an officer shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop. In another case, an Australian woman was shot and killed by police after she had called 911 for assistance.

City police and Metro Transit representatives said they are prepared to handle the protests. A Metro Transit spokesman told The Associated Press a contingency plan is in place to ensure riders get to the stadium before kickoff. 

The protests come on the final day of an NFL season that saw players protest police brutality and other social justice issues on a weekly basis. Players from numerous teams took a knee, raised a fist or remained off the field as the national anthem played before games, following the trend started in 2016 by Colin Kaepernick.

The protests drew the ire of President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE, who called for those demonstrating to be fired. He singled out certain players for their actions, and targeted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for not doling out punishment to those who knelt.