Minneapolis police arrest two people after shooting injures five near protests …

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2 Men Held in Shooting of 5 at Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Protest.

MINNEAPOLIS — Two men were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the overnight shootings of five people during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station, the Minneapolis Police Department said.MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of opening fire on people near a “Black Lives Matter” rally against a recent police killing of an unarmed black man, a day after five people were wounded in a shooting not far from a police building that has been the epicenter of protests here.MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations (all times local): A massive line of protesters is marching from Minneapolis’ north side to downtown, demonstrating against the fatal shooting of a black man in a Nov. 15 confrontation with police. In Chicago, meanwhile, officials were preparing for several days of possible protests, as prosecutors on Tuesday said they were charging a police officer with murder for shooting a black teenager in an incident captured on a graphic video expected to be released on Wednesday.

The churning situations in two cities more than 400 miles apart came during a period of heightened racial tension and intense scrutiny for how police use force with minorities, something repeatedly brought to the fore as high-profile deaths of black men or boys during and after encounters with police have given way to demonstrations and unrest across the country. In some cases, as may happen in Chicago, the promise of a disturbing video brought scores of people to the streets; in other places, like Minneapolis, the protests were driven by a demand that footage be released. By Tuesday afternoon, police had announced two arrests: a 23-year-old white man taken into custody in suburban Bloomington and a 32-year-old Hispanic man arrested in south Minneapolis.

Henry Habu, who said he has been providing security for protesters, said he and others approached four white people who were standing under a “Justice4Jamar” sign to ask what they were doing there. Jamar Clark’s family has released a statement asking the demonstrations outside the police precinct to end. “In light of tonight’s shootings, the family feels out of imminent concern for the safety of the occupiers, we must get the occupation of the fourth precinct ended and onto the next step,” the statement said. The ninth day of protests outside of a north Minneapolis police precinct erupted in gunfire late Monday night when five protesters were shot and wounded. Oluchi Omeoga witnessed the shooting and said a handful of protesters followed three men in masks to a street corner, where the men pulled out weapons and began firing. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman issued a statement Tuesday after repeated requests by black activist groups to make the decision himself rather than go to a grand jury.

Protesters said that the shooting occurred after a group of people — three men and a woman, all wearing ski masks — were seen filming the activity. Habu said that protesters had been told to watch out for white supremacists wearing masks or camouflage clothing, and said the group filming the demonstrations matched those descriptions. Some witnesses said on Twitter that they had been sprayed with Mace by the police following the shooting, including an organizer who was trying to film the aftermath, Ms. The police did not respond to that report in a news release, and a police spokesman declined to answer questions beyond what was written in the statement.

Police said that Clark was the suspect in an assault and interfered when paramedics tried to treat the assault victim. “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 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. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it has video from the ambulance, a mobile police camera and other sources, but none of the footage shows the event in its entirety. A federal criminal civil rights investigation is also underway to determine whether police intentionally violated Clark’s civil rights through excessive force.

That decision helped reignite powerful frustration about the way African Americans are treated by police, and like a similar decision in New York the following month, prompted heated protests. On Sunday, meanwhile, a vigil marked the first anniversary of the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old fatally shot while playing with a toy gun in a Cleveland park. While numerous other incidents in the interim have resulted in decisions about whether or not the officers should face charges, that case remains open and no decision has been announced, a length of time that demonstrators have criticized. About 50 people were outside the building on Tuesday morning, with more trickling in, and some said they planned to stay despite a request from Clark’s family to end the protests. Evans said that cellphone video, surveillance footage from nearby buildings and a camera in an ambulance had captured portions of the encounter, but not all of it.

He was on the scene near McDonald for less than 30 seconds before he began firing a total of 16 shots, said Anita Alvarez, the state’s attorney for Cook County, Ill. “He abused his authority, and I don’t believe the use of force was necessary,” Alvarez said. She also said: “With these charges, we are bringing a full measure of justice that this demands.” Video footage of the shooting “is graphic, it is violent, it is chilling,” Alvarez said. Police tweeted early Tuesday that officers are searching for three white male suspects in the shooting that occurred shortly before 11 p.m. about a block from the 4th Precinct.

Tio Hardiman with Violence Interrupters says his group is calling for the resignation of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy because it took a year for charges to be brought against Van Dyke. “Michigan Avenue is going to be very uncomfortable,” said Quovadis Green, 24. “We’re going to hit them from every angle and every neighborhood. The crowd danced to Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” shouted out clears of the names of a number of those killed by police in the last year — Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott — and endlessly chanted, “No justice, no peace, prosecute the police.” Ali, 44, was born and raised her, and said it is time this city address issues of racial inequity, especially in policing. As she marched from the police station to City Hall, her hands griped a homemade cardboard sign with a warning for the nation: “This could be your city next.”

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