Report: Philando Castile demonstrators struck, slapped, spit on, and challenged to fight police

Report: Philando Castile demonstrators struck, slapped, spit on, and challenged to fight police
Philando Castile (Image: Family photo)

The untold story at protests on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue was the abuse that officers took from some agitators, the president of the St. Paul police union said Thursday.

“A number of agitators continuously attempted to bait officers into physical confrontations while using vile rhetoric that does not have a place in our public discourse,” said Dave Titus. “Agitators have struck, slapped, spit on and challenged to fight our cops. One agitator antagonized multiple officers while holding a razor blade in his mouth while only a few feet away.”

Titus also said African-American officers were repeatedly called “Uncle Tom” and were sworn at, and female officers were “ridiculed, claiming they were just sex objects for male cops.”

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