Deadline looms to charge four men in shooting of Minnesota protesters

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Black Lives Matter on campus, too.

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel has met with protesters outside a police station to discuss concerns about campfires there and emergency access to the site.MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials with the Minneapolis Fire Department say they met with Black Lives Matter protesters Sunday afternoon to talk about safety conditions at the 4th Precinct encampment.

Small wood fires at the protest encampment outside the police station in north Minneapolis drew the attention Sunday of the city’s fire chief, who has concerns about emergency vehicles being able to get through as a substantial snowstorm looms Monday and Tuesday.MINNEAPOLIS — Hundreds of people filled a Minneapolis church on Wednesday for the funeral of a black man whose death in a confrontation with police has sparked days of ongoing protests, while suspected in a . While media was blocked from the discussion, it appears nothing has changed outside the north side precinct, where protesters have been living since the Nov. 15 police shooting of Jamar Clark. Impassioned speeches from pastors and Jamar Clark’s relatives were occasionally interrupted by shouts and applause inside the cavernous Shiloh Temple International Ministries. Williams is part of a new initiative called “Black Lives Matter: Beyond The Slogan,” which has organized a series of free monthly forums to bring people together across lines of age, economic and educational levels, race and religion to learn and listen to each other.

Programs also adorned with a photo of Clark described the 24-year-old as a man who “liked to swim, fish, listen to music, play basketball, be with family and take trips to Charlotte, North Carolina.” “I’m still hurt,” his sister, Sharice Burns, told the packed church on the city’s north side. “I’m still suffering. But recently, the protests have turned inward — toward a campus climate that many African-American students describe as hostile, indifferent and, at times, contemptuous of their presence.

We have a storm coming, so we talked about that a little bit.” Fire officials are not acting yet to address their concerns. “We had a conversation about [removing the firewood and fire pits], and we’ll see how that goes,” the chief added. Despite vocal efforts to minimize the nature of the protests, thousands of African-American students have been protesting and demonstrating on college campuses — large and small, public and private — across the country. Fruetel said he was received “very well” by the activists and came away believing “they will make some room for us, and we will continue the conversation and come up with some resolution.

At Princeton, many of the same students who stood up to police violence are now confronting the administration’s continued honoring of Woodrow Wilson, the former president of both Princeton and the United States, who was also a virulent and unrepentant racist. But what was perhaps even more reflective of the disconnect at Westlake Center was a teary eyed young woman and her mother complaining to the Seattle Police guarding the Christmas tree and media that her experience was being ruined as she had driven all this way for the festivities from South Carolina and could not understand the demonstration. We are observing from afar. … We are concerned about the snow coming and getting the emergency vehicles through the street.” Last week, Minneapolis Urban League President Steve Belton urged an end to the vigil to “restore order” to the area, which he said has endured gunfire, traffic and service interruptions, smoke from the protesters’ fires, and hours of helicopter noise. Bishop Richard Howell praised protesters for pressure that he said helped get a federal criminal civil rights investigation and the names of the officers involved. The movement became bigger after the deaths of other black men in the past year and a half — this time at the hands of police — including Eric Garner in New York City, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

Some in the media have portrayed black students as coddled, fragile or entitled, always with the implication that they are overreacting to trivial issues. Either this was a prime example of the thinking of privileged white families from South Charleston or indeed I am mistaken and the reputation of the tree lighting ceremony has reached such a high national reputation whereas expectations of young women and children would make them weep if it is not picture perfect. Vehicles in the procession honked their horns, and protesters shouted “Justice for Jamar.” 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.

Reuters Court documents indicate the 23-year-old suspect called an old high school friend who is a Mankato police officer and confessed to shooting the protesters. But almost immediately after the hashtag was first used, a backlash came from people who see the phrase as an attack on police or a denigration of non-black lives. The idea that black students should just be quiet and enjoy their supposedly privileged lives overlooks the reality that even solidly middle-class African-Americans often face economic insecurities and inequality that their white peers do not. According to the documents, the 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.

The devastation of black middle class enclaves like Prince George’s County, Maryland, due to home foreclosures was far more severe than that facing the white middle class. All things matter, and we need to be out there talking about and trying to do something about it.” Rather than preach about the interaction of police and minorities and criminal justice reform, the Rev.

Days’ skill as a preacher at Second Baptist Church in Atlantic City is matched by the work he has done outside the church in service to his community during his 21 years in the city. The anxieties spurred by the economic disparities between African-Americans and whites reflect the broader racial inequality that remains rife in our country.

The focus point for organizing now around civil rights issues, around issues related to social justice, is the exact same thing that happened with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee,” Reid-Merritt said. We are, after all, living through a moment in history when the slogan “Black Lives Matter,” which shouldn’t be controversial but apparently is for many whites, has captured the nation’s attention. Weis of Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield said he believes the best way to combat racism is to treat each other as neighbors and care for one another even if people physically aren’t neighbors. “I can’t pretend that just because of an accident of birth and the color of my skin, that allows me not to feel that fear when I have to deal with a police officer,” Weis said. “I can’t pretend that if others experience that, that somehow it doesn’t have to do with me, too.” This year, Weis joined fellow clergy and civil rights supporters for America’s Journey for Justice, a 40-day march that began in August in Selma, Alabama, and concluded in September in Washington, D.C.

African-American students face the same uncertain future currently experienced by their parents, compounded by the potential of harassment, violence or worse by police or others who inexplicably harbor anger and resentment toward black people. Even as U.S. politicians panic over the recent attacks in Paris, the nation has quickly moved on from our own experience of terrorism not even six months ago.

This is the critical context for the much-mocked student demands for “safe space,” where differences of opinion or perspective are respected and not met with fury and the threat of violence. They are also expressing disappointment with Obama, who has waited until the twilight of his presidency to at least rhetorically challenge the rough racial terrain in the country. Besides Obama, there are more black members of Congress today than at any other point in American history, and yet race continues to set the parameters for the quality of one’s life in this country. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of the forthcoming book “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.”

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