Minneapolis Protest Leader Shakes Up Civil Rights Politics

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Minneapolis Protest Leader Shakes Up Civil Rights Politics.

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): Labor groups plan to show solidarity with protesters who have been camped out all week since 24-year-old Jamar Clark was fatally shot in north Minneapolis last Sunday. Police told of several incidents since the Sunday shooting, including objects being thrown at officers and several police cars sustaining serious damage. Attorney Andy Luger; the assistant attorney general for civil rights, Vanita Gupta; and the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis office, Richard Thornton.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, said “coming together shows we can achieve justice.” She told Friday’s crowd she wants police to treat community with respect, “as if we were members of your own family.” Also Friday, Minnesota Gov. They say release of any information, including any video, would be “extremely detrimental” to the independent investigation that the Justice Department and FBI are conducting into whether Clark’s death violated any federal laws. The department tweeted that police used the irritant after officers trying to remove tarps had rocks and bottles thrown at them. “We don’t want another Ferguson”, Minneapolis pastor and former city member Brian Herron told Reuters, referring to the major clashes between protesters and police that followed an outbreak of community outrage over the decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson over the killing of Michael Brown. Dayton said the meeting was constructive and officials talked about steps they could take, such as community policing, to prevent a similar tragedy in the future. “I take this very, very seriously.

Just before the early Sunday shooting, police were called to the North Minneapolis neighborhood when ambulance personnel reported a disturbance as they treated a patient. Asked for his reaction to the protests, Dayton said: “The No. 1 priority is peace.” He asked those who are grieving to behave in ways that don’t cause damage to people’s lives and safety. “I just pray that we will be able to get through this terrible, terrible time, all of us together, in a way that only strengthens or overall Minnesota community,” he said.

Police said they were responding to an assault call Sunday in which Clark was a suspect when they arrived to find Clark interfering with paramedics trying to treat the injured woman. An attorney for one of the officers involved in the shooting says Clark was not handcuffed, went for an officer’s weapon and “had manual control” of that officer’s gun. Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said that free speech is important, but officers needed to move the protesters for public safety and to provide access to the precinct.

They removed a shelter canopy and dumped water on a campfire, but left the roughly 18 tents untouched before forming a wall in front of the precinct’s entrance. The activists were advised that the public is welcome to attend City Council meetings, but rules require those in attendance to refrain from disruptions.

Part of it stemmed from an open letter in which Hodges said a few officers “abuse the trust that is afforded to them, and take advantage of their roles to do harm rather than prevent it”. State investigators are examining surveillance and witness videos that recorded snippets of the incident, “none of which captured the event in its entirety”, said Evans, who said he would not release any video in order to protect the integrity of the investigation. “I’ve always wanted to get involved; this was the most straightforward way to do that”, she said.

Members of Black Lives Matter encamp outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct, protesting over the death of Jamar Clark, Tuesday, November 17. Kroll says he hopes people who are making the handcuff allegations give statements to the BCA, and that they are charged with a crime if the statements turn out to be false.

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