ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Protesters have shut down a light-rail line in St. Paul before Sunday's Minnesota Vikings home opener.

Black Lives Matter St. Paul staged a die-in on the Green Line light-rail tracks to protest what they consider excessive force by Metro Transit police officers who arrested a 17-year-old boy with autism there Aug. 31. The boy addressed the crowd.

The Star Tribune reports about 100 protesters gathered. After staging the die-in, the group walked to the Western District police station before returning.

Some counter-protesters stood nearby, prompting a confrontation that organizers defused.

Metro Transit used buses to replace Green Line trains in that area. The Green Line serves TCF Bank Stadium, where the Vikings are hosting Detroit,

A Metro Transmit spokesman says the incident that sparked the protest remains under investigation.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Metro Transit is bracing for a plan by protesters to shut down a light-rail line in St. Paul before Sunday's Minnesota Vikings home opener.

Black Lives Matter St. Paul says they plan to block the Green Line at the Lexington Parkway station to protest what they consider excessive force by Metro Transit police officers who arrested a 17-year-old boy with autism there Aug. 31. The boy and his mother plan to attend the protest.

Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla says the incident remains under investigation.

The Green Line serves TCF Bank Stadium, where the Vikings will host Detroit. Gametime is noon.

Padilla says Metro Transit has successfully dealt with demonstrations before, but riders are advised to keep tabs on the situation and allow extra time for their trips Sunday morning.