RICHFIELD, Mn. (PM) — A vigil for Brian Quinones transformed into a march September 8, 2019, the night after his death. Protesters have taken over the freeway on I-494, chanting “enough is enough.”
A group of marchers protesting the fatal shooting of a man in Richfield shut down part of Interstate 494 for about a half-hour on Sunday night.
The group of several dozen protesters left a vigil held at the scene of Saturday night’s shooting on 77th Street East, and entered the westbound lanes of the freeway at Portland Avenue at about 7:30 p.m.
Authorities shut down both directions of I-494 as the march continued down the freeway, exiting at Nicollet Avenue about a half-hour later. The freeway has since reopened.
A replay of the protests below [NOTE: Graphic language in the replay.]
Brian Quinones was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Richfield, Minnesota following a police chase he streamed on Facebook Live on Saturday, September 7th.
Quinones was a 30-year-old father and a barber who lived in Minneapolis. He was formerly from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Quinones was also an ambitious hip hop artist. His full name was Brian Jesus Quinones-Rosario.
In the hours leading up to his death, he shared his album, “T.I.M.E.: This Is My Everything,” to Soundcloud under the name Blessed The MC. He shared the album on Facebook, writing, “I Pray You Treasure It… My Hearts Inside It.”
Friends noted some of the lyrics seemed to foreshadow his death. One of his last posts said, “So sorry.”
Police maintained to the Star Tribune that Quinones had a knife. The pursuit allegedly started when he ran red lights.
Quinones began recording about 12 minutes before he died. The Facebook Live video continued for another 97 minutes after he was shot and killed. You can watch the video here, but be forewarned that it is extremely graphic.