Protesters Call for Peace at Vigil for Slain Minneapolis Man

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3 Activists Removed From Mpls. City Council Meeting.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Six days after Jamar Clark’s shooting, chants of protest have turned to prayer, and police are there, making sure that group stays safe.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): The vigil was peaceful on Friday evening.

The death of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man from Minneapolis, who was shot in the head during a scuffle Sunday on the city’s North Side, has drawn national attention. It was a quieter and peaceful night Thursday at Minneapolis’ 4th precinct as people continue to protest, but protesters — not associated with the group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis — showed up at the Minneapolis City Council meeting to confront councilmembers. Police have said he lunged for an officer’s gun and interfered with officers and paramedics responding to a reported domestic dispute in which a woman had been injured. Dayton met Friday with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, national and local leaders of the NAACP, the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, and other officials.

During Thursday night’s protest, someone used chalk and spray paint to mark the 4th precinct with Jamar Clark’s name and some profanities were also sprayed on the building. You will be held accountable for what you have done to our community.” Even though the protesters were escorted out of the meeting, they believe they were still effective. Afterward, Hodges said the meeting focused on the big picture rather than specifics. “We talked about the gravity of what is happening in Minneapolis. … They say Friday’s actions are just the beginning, but stopped short of giving details about future plans. “We have people who are righteously angered, and we need to address people’s concerns. They should be addressing the community and dealing with what the community needs right now … Our city’s an inch away from turning into Ferguson.” “Right now, there ain’t no place I’d rather be.

City council meetings do not allow for public comment, which is left for committee meetings. “It would have been nice if they would have allowed some public comment because we’re in crisis,” Johnson said. “We are definitely in crisis.” “It’s not unusual for me to see people coming in thinking they’re going to have opportunity to address the council and we’re not really providing it automatically here,” Gordon said. We urge everyone to take those messages seriously.” Earlier Friday, the scene outside the Fourth Precinct headquarters was quiet and peaceful, with some protesters warming themselves at campfires and donning donated hats and mittens. Gordon and fellow councilmembers Alondra Cano and Lisa Bender have expressed their support for protesters and their demands to release video evidence in the case.

Some protesters worked to cleared the streets of debris, while others directed traffic away from the road in front of the building, which was covered in spray paint. Helen Williams, who has lived in north Minneapolis for more than 40 years, came to sweep the street outside the precinct headquarters and show her support for the protest movement.

Paul, said he was approached by a protester who asked to pray with him. “The young man wanted me to pray for him and what he’s going through,” he said. City Attorney Susan Segal said the council received a briefing from the city’s emergency management director, Barret Lane, because the emergency operations centers has begun helping to coordinate communications. Council Member Lisa Bender moved to allow public testimony from the activists, with support from Council Member Alondra Cano, but the motion failed on a voice vote. A coalition of leaders from African immigrant communities said at a news conference in Brooklyn Park that immigrant groups support protesters’ and black community leaders’ call for clarity and justice in the Clark case. “Our community is united in asking and demanding justice for Jamar Clark,” said Abdullah Kiatamba, executive director of the group African Immigrant Services. “The African community is united with our African-American brothers and sisters. A harm to one is a harm to all of us. “ Community leaders said they want to “start a new page” and dispel the occasional narrative that African immigrants’ problems are different from those of African-Americans. “We want our children to feel safe when they walk down the street, when they come to police.

We want police to use guns as the last resort,” said Arthur Biah, chief executive officer of the Liberian Health Initiative. “It is very important that our police value the lives of everyone they come in contact with, whether they’re black, Latino or white.” A number of Minnesota progressive and labor groups issued statements urging a thorough and transparent investigation, including AFSCME Local 3800, which represents University of Minnesota clerical workers and TakeAction Minnesota. State DFL chairman Ken Martin expressed condolences to Clark’s family and adding, “It is hard to have hope for the future when it seems that our community has turned an indifferent eye to the very real and persistent issues facing communities of color in Minnesota.

The DFL stands by everyone working peacefully for a transparent investigation and to bring the conversation of fairness and justice to the forefront.” On Thursday, the protesters’ encampment was visited by several City Council members and U.S. In an interview, Ellison said he might not have known the extent of the situation if not for a Star Tribune photo showing officers pointing a weapon at his son Wednesday.

This latest incident is one bad chapter in a bad national narrative of police conduct.” This undated photo released by his sister Javille Burns shows Jamar Clark, who was fatally shot in a confrontation with police on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Minneapolis. “I’m here to lend body and spirit, both moral and legal, to those people on the ground” protesting, he said. He added that he wants to ensure that protesters are given a full opportunity to exercise their free-speech rights and hopes that they do so nonviolently. That prompted an unsolicited call to the station from Harteau, who tangled with him on the air, defending her actions and the protesters’ right to peaceably demonstrate. She noted that unruly elements among the 400 or so protesters — some of them “people outside the community” whom she characterized as “anarchists” — hit police with pepper spray and threw objects, including rocks and three Molotov cocktails, at officers.

The chief hoisted a large rock above her head to drive home the point before ticking off the damage: 12 squad cars damaged ($25,000), portable cameras damaged ($13,000) and minor damage to the station’s building and fencing. Kroll said Thursday that the officers told a union attorney that Clark spun one officer’s gun belt and had “manual control” of the weapon by the handle. “Mr.

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