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Five shot near scene of Minneapolis protest over shooting of black man by officer.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say a second person has been arrested in connection with Monday night’s shooting that injured five Black Lives Matter protesters.Since Jamar Clark was shot by police on November 15, protestors have been camped out outside the city’s Fourth Precinct police station, not far from where the shooting occurred.

Witness says protestors saw three people wearing masks who ‘weren’t supposed to be there.’ When the three left, a few protesters followed, and the three pulled out weapons and gunshots rang out. MINNEAPOLIS—Five people were shot late Monday night near the site of a continuing protest over the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer, Minneapolis police said. In the older lynching era, it wasn’t uncommon for civilians to take matters into their hands whenever black Americans gained a little political or economic ground.

In the modern era in a country with more guns than people, there remain civilian enforcers of racist terrorism, but black Americans still fear members of local law enforcement. Police Department Spokesman John Elder said in a news release that officers responded to the sound of gunshots around 10:40 p.m. and 911 calls shortly after reported five people had been shot. Protestors say the men were counterdemonstrators. “A group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights,” Miski Noor told the Star Tribune. 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. 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.

Eyewitnesses said that Clark was handcuffed when he was shot in the head; Minneapolis police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze – Schwarze was previously sued for civil rights violations – have been named as the officers involved. Meanwhile, a study by the New America Foundation this summer found that domestic white extremists have killed more Americans since 9/11 than foreign terrorists – which is not surprising to anyone who has studied American history, slavery, lynching or the history of mass shootings.

The state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken over the case and gathered footage from several sources, but said it wouldn’t release the videos until it had completed an investigation. Tuesday is also the one-year anniversary of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, a touchstone moment in national protests against police violence. I fear the police and their tanks and their tear gas and their guns and the very real possibility that white men who look like them and walk around brandishing guns with impunity could start shooting.

One man with a bullhorn led protesters in chants of “Jamar Clark!” Clark’s family, in a statement attributed to his brother Eddie Sutton and issued through U.S. Clark’s death has brought renewed focus to a long history of tension between the Minneapolis police and the community—in particular the African American community—and to questions about discipline and violence on the force.

One of the first black kids who tried to go to peacefully integrate a public school, Ruby Bridges, was spit on, and needed federal marshals to keep white people from killing her. A federal criminal civil rights investigation is also underway to determine whether police intentionally violated Clark’s civil rights through excessive force. While it is being reported that none of the injured are suffering “life threatening injuries”, that’s not an accurate accounting of their real injuries. Their ability to live fully – to feel secure in body and mind and spirit, and to congregate in groups outside, and to protest – has certainly been threatened.

The movement for black lives will continue to thrive: it keeps getting stronger week by week, from the streets of Ferguson to college campuses across the country.

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