At funeral for slain Minneapolis man, vow to seek justice

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4 Arrested in Shooting at Black Lives Matter Protest Are Identified.

MINNEAPOLIS — A steady stream of mourners entered a north Minneapolis church Wednesday to pay their respects to a man whose death in a confrontation with police sparked more than a week of protests. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several people were arrested Wednesday night, as protesters rallied and marched over recent deadly police shootings in Chicago and Minneapolis.The man on the other end of the line was Allen Lawrence “Lance” Scarsella III, who confessed that just two hours before he had shot five people at a protest outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct station, according to court documents.MINNEAPOLIS — The police on Wednesday released the names of four men arrested in connection with a shooting during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station that injured five protesters.

Armed with signs that called for justice, dozens of protesters marched down Broad Street in North Philadelphia to show they are not happy with policing around the country. “We’re in dire times. The shooting erupted on Monday, during the ninth day of protests demanding action against two white Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, an unarmed black man, on Nov. 15.

Protesters paused their efforts to honor the wishes of the Minneapolis Urban League and Clark’s family, who asked that demonstrations be put on hold Wednesday for the service. The documents say the 23-year-old suspect, who is white, told the officer that he and some friends went to the protest to livestream it when the altercation broke out, leading to the shooting. Within 24 hours, police had arrested a 23-year-old in Bloomington, a nearby city, as well as a 26-year-old and a 21-year-old who turned themselves in to investigators. We need to do something about it and the time is now,” Megan Malachi, one of the protest organizers, told KYW Newsradio. “This is a call to action and also a solidarity march to support our comrades in Minneapolis and also to support our comrades who have been fighting for justice in Chicago,” she said.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said all four men are being held in jail and will remain jailed until at least Monday while prosecutors decide whether to charge them. Several hundred people filled the cavernous Shiloh Temple, with impassioned speeches from family members and pastors occasionally interrupted by shouts and applause, and a slide show of pictures of Clark as he grew up. A fourth person, a 32-year-old Hispanic man arrested in south Minneapolis, was released after it was determined he was not at the scene of the shooting, police said. The Mankato officer told Minneapolis police that Scarsella owns a .45-caliber weapon, matching the size of the eight shells found at the shooting scene. The authorities identified the suspects in the shooting as Allen Lawrence Scarsella, 23; Nathan Gustavsson, 21; Daniel Macey, 26; and Joseph Backman, 27.

In a search of Scarsella’s home, police found computer equipment, cellphones, camouflage clothing, an AR-15 rifle, bolt-action rifles, revolvers and ammunition. At the visitation, leaflets shared details about Clark, who was the youngest of 10 children and liked to swim, fish, listen to music and take trips to Charlotte, N.C. According to reports, a group of white men allegedly opened fire on the crowd after being escorted away from the encampment. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Demonstrators were camped outside the police station following the death of Clark. Police have arrested four men — ages 27, 26, 23 and 21 — on suspicion of shooting five protesters after some protesters told the men to leave the site Monday night.

Protesters have called on city leaders to release video footage captured of the incident, but authorities say it would harm their investigation into the incident, CBS Minnesota reported. At around noon, police department spokesman Scott Seroka emailed this statement to The Washington Post: “The MPD did respond to a shots/shotspotter activation in the area near the 4th precinct at 12:40 am. (Near 1300 blocks Newton/Morgan). The driver identified himself as SaigaMarine, and his passenger as BlackPowerRanger. “We’re locked and loaded,” SaigaMarine told the camera as he brandished a pistol. Small and mostly peaceful protests have sprouted up around the city following yesterday’s release of a video showing Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting and killing Laquan McDonald.

One male booked.” While The Associated Press and other outlets reported that all was quiet overnight at the protest, demonstrators took to social media to discuss the gunfire. Clark’s older brother, James Hill, said Hodges sent her condolences for not attending the funeral adding that he wanted her to hold the officers accountable. Authorities, however, have not confirmed those claims — and it was unclear who had opened fire early Wednesday. “At some point during an altercation that ensued between the officers and the individual, an officer discharged his weapon, striking the individual,” the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

The protesters were shot after they confronted several people near the north side police precinct that has been the site of demonstrations since police fatally shot 24-year-old Jamar Clark. The four men appear to have become acquainted in school and at meetups through “/k/,” a popular weapons-related message board with racist overtones on the website 4chan. We’re here to watch the fire rise.” Demonstrators who later saw both videos said they told the police they had spotted the same men at the protests Monday. Vehicles in the procession from Jamar Clark’s funeral service to a cemetery honked their horns as they went past the protesters, who shouted “Justice for Jamar” in return. The FBI has announced that it will conduct its own investigation, while the U.S. attorney’s office in Minnesota and Justice Department prosecutors will review evidence to see whether any civil rights statutes were violated.

After the arrests, posters on 4chan generally condemned the men’s actions after the details emerged — not because they had wounded five people, but largely because they thought the shootings would bring unwanted attention to their group. “This is going to be full on 4chan/k/ is a terrorist breeding ground with proven ties to racist white extremist groups,” one posted, referring to a subgroup on 4chan that usually focuses on firearms. “You deserve everything that happens once the cable news networks start putting it on the air.” Drew Evans, superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, said that authorities were still working to determine whether Clark was handcuffed when he died. Lance is a good boy — my oldest grandson,” she said, adding that she wasn’t aware of allegations that he could be involved in a racial confrontation. Howell told mourners during Wednesday’s funeral that what’s needed now is a special state legislative session to address the needs of Minnesota’s minority community.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau on Twitter called the officers “true professionals” and noted that “MPD worked nonstop through the night to bring justice in last night’s shooting.” She did not comment further on the shooting Tuesday. To a standing ovation, Howell said: “Jamar, your life did and does have purpose.” The 24-year-old Clark died in what police say was a scuffle with officers responding to an assault in which he was a suspect.

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