Black Lives Matter Plans ‘Shut Down Action’ Near Vikings Opener

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Black Lives Matter St. Paul, the same group that chanted “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” has scheduled a “Shut Down Action” along the Green Line that stops at the University of Minnesota campus, the site of the Minnesota Vikings home opener on Sunday.

The Vikings host the Detroit Lions. The game marks Adrian Peterson’s first action in front of the home crowd since the end of the 2013 season.

On Facebook, the group posted that the demonstration would occur at 9:30 a.m. at the TCF Bank location at Lexington Parkway and University Avenue.

According to Black Lives Matter St. Paul, the protest revolves around Marcus Abrams, a 17-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome arrested by Metro Transit officers Aug. 31 at the same site of the planned demonstration. Abrams is autistic; witnesses said he suffered a seizure during the arrest, according to KARE 11.

Abrams and his mother will attend the demonstration. The group stated that the rally intends to support Abrams “and all of the other children who live with autism and fight against the injustices that continue to plague black women, men, and children.”