Protesters of Minneapolis police shooting press on in cold

22 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Minneapolis Protesters Vow to Stay Outside Police Station.

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): Several dozen people attended the rally in cold weather 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.An encampment of protesters outside a Minneapolis police station vowed on Saturday to maintain their vigil over the death of an African American man who was shot by police, saying they would not move until video recordings of the encounter were released and authorities changed how they interact with communities they serve.

Kyle Edwards of AFSCME Local 3800, representing University of Minnesota clerical workers, says working class people are becoming aware that “we’re all in this together.” Longtime Minneapolis civil rights activist Mel Reeves told The Associated Press that protesters want the police involved in the shooting prosecuted. 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. 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.

Speakers called generally for unity and justice and praised neighborhood residents for maintaining peace. “I’d like to acknowledge our block brothers” for passing out hand warmers, stoking bonfires and keeping things calm, Pastor Brian C Herron Sr said. Protesters want authorities to release video footage of the deadly confrontation, and say they do not believe police statements that Clark reached for an officer’s gun. 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. The activists were advised that the public is welcome to attend City Council meetings, but rules require those in attendance to refrain from disruptions.

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