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Federal Lawyers Fly to Minneapolis to Probe Shooting

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Dayton, Ellison Meet With Jamar Clark’s Family, BLM Leaders.

MINNEAPOLIS — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked days of demonstrations (all times local): U.S. A few dozen demonstrators endured bitter cold on Saturday outside a Minneapolis police station, where they have spent the last week encamped in protest of the killing of an unarmed African-American man.MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — It was a relatively quiet Friday night around the 4th Precinct building in north Minneapolis as a protest following the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark reaches its seventh day. Attorney and a representative of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change for a meeting with the governor about the ongoing protests at the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct, where protesters have been camping for nearly a week.

Minneapolis civil rights activist Mel Reeves said the primary goal of the protests is to see the officers involved in the death of Jamar Clark prosecuted based on statements of people who say they saw the shooting. Federal and state authorities are resisting releasing the footage, which is from an ambulance, mobile police camera, public housing cameras and people’s cellphones, because they say it doesn’t show the full incident and making the recordings public would compromise their investigations. Mark Dayton says that he asked Clark’s family and representatives of the Black Lives Matter group protesting his death to meet with the federal government lawyers, who he says are flying to Minnesota on Sunday. Over the past year, protests against killings of unarmed black men and women – some videotaped with phones or police cameras – have rocked a number of cities. “There are a lot of us men doing a whole lot of talking … but the men need to make sure that the talk is put into play,” Michael Wilson, 33, said through a bullhorn, imploring other male protesters to take responsibility for their community and families. Kyle Edwards of AFSCME Local 3800, representing University of Minnesota clerical workers, told the crowd that working class people are becoming aware that “we’re all in this together.” He led a chant of, “No justice, no peace!

As Wilson spoke, about 50 fellow demonstrators tried to stay warm in the 20-degree Fahrenheit (-6 C) cold by drinking coffee and huddling around campfires in the middle of the street in front of the station, where protesters pitched about a dozen tents. Authorities have said it wouldn’t be appropriate to release the video because doing so could taint an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Cars brought firewood and food as a few protesters cleaned up trash from the muddy ground and city crews scrubbed profane graffiti off the station’s brick walls.

Dayton to compel the release of the tapes, but the governor and other law enforcement officials say that would jeopardize the integrity of the BCA’s investigation. “I will urge that the tapes be provided to the family and released to the public, as soon as doing so will not jeopardize the Department of Justice’s investigation,” Gov. They keep growing and/or changing, and many are not permitted by current law.” Police Chief Janeé Harteau also applauded the work of her officers, saying an investgation “will only confirm the strength” of officers’ work to protect public safety and freedom of speech. Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta jointed the meeting by telephone and reiterated her concern that releasing the video would be “extremely detrimental” to a federal criminal civil rights probe that’s underway. Also Saturday, demonstrators maintained an encampment outside the Minneapolis police’s Fourth Precinct station, marking a full week of protests over Clark’s shooting death. Attorney to investigate any matters, which occurred in Minneapolis during the past week that may have violated the civil rights of any Minnesota citizens,” Gov.

WCCO cannot verify claims made about the video, or its source. “I’m not looking to march across Minnesota, but if we need to march across Minnesota, we will march across Minnesota,” Brooks said. “If we are disciplined, if we throw arguments and organization and demonstrations and prayer vigils — and not rocks and bricks — we can get the justice we seek.” (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Two people were arrested on charges of felony destruction of property Thursday after spraying paint over a security camera on the precinct’s front wall. Clark’s cousin Kenya McKnight said the family wants people to remember that Clark was loved and cared for and “he was really on this path of getting his life together.” Funeral plans have been set for Wednesday at Shiloh Temple International.

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