Tension over Minneapolis police shooting

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NAACP holds rally, vigil at 4th Precinct.

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): In a joint statement Friday night, they backed up state and local investigators who have rebuffed protesters demands for the release of videos of the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Sunday.(CNN) — As protesters remain outside Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct headquarters, some police officers are worried that the situation could turn violent.

NAACP President Cornwell William Brooks and Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, led a rally and vigil Friday at 4:30 p.m. outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct for Jamar Clark. We will not be silent and we will not be moved,” Stephen Green, national director for NAACP’s youth and college division said to Minnesota Public Radio. “This is not the end, and we are not going to allow this one moment to pass us by.

At Friday’s City Council meeting, three community activists with Communities United Against Policy Brutality were removed from Council chambers for attempting to speak out about Clark’s death. 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 Clark was handcuffed when he was killed, but the head of the city’s police union and a lawyer for one of the two police officers involved in the shooting say that’s not true. 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. Protesters continue to demonstrate outside the precinct station on Plymouth Avenue following a volatile night on Wednesday with tense confrontations with the police.

Harteau called in during the interview, leading to a tense conversation. “We do have to facilitate the freedom of speech,” Harteau said. “But there’s also other things [that] occur when there’s Molotov cocktails being thrown, shots fired. They allege an officer punched a woman in the face before macing a crowd of protesters, pointed weapons in the faces of several people, including Congressman Keith Ellison’s son, and that police shot a 14 year old with a marker bullet, among other abuses. “We understand the frustration of community members who may take actions not sanctioned by our group; this is a time of grief and rage and we remain committed to nonviolent direct action,” Black Lives Matter leaders wrote in a statement Thursday afternoon. “… We call on the City Council and city leadership to take dramatic and bold action to stop another shooting death of an unarmed black person from happening.” Meanwhile, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said she hasn’t received any formal complaints about the conduct of police officers Wednesday night at a press briefing Thursday afternoon. Officers Mike Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze were trying to arrest Clark, who “chose to resist, fight officers, and seize control of an officer’s handgun,” according to a media statement from Kroll and Frederic Bruno, attorney for Schwarze.

At a news conference Thursday, Kroll said the officer’s pistol “was in the holster and [Clark] had physical control of the hand grip,” Kroll told reporters. Hodges said she’s been in constant contact with Harteau in recent days and said the chief is charged with making tactical decisions about the MPD’s approach to dealing with protesters.

Minneapolis Council President Barb Johnson was also critical of Council members who joined protests Wednesday night and have questioned the tactics of the MPD. Parts of the incident were recorded on several cameras, but no video shows the entire incident, said Drew Evans, superintendent of Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Two men were arrested Thursday night after profanities were found spray-painted on the precinct building, the police department’s Twitter account said. “We must all be committed to establish the facts of what happened in the interest of justice,” Ellison said on Facebook. “We must come together to heal our community and work together toward justice and fairness. At a briefing with reporters Thursday, he said: “We are here to encourage all police officers to use minimum use of force and to express sincere restraint.

The activists were advised that the public is welcome to attend City Council meetings, but rules require those in attendance to refrain from disruptions. Hodges was also confronted by activists who have been critical of her support of police tactics toward protesters. “I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. This would send a message to our community that the process will be transparent and open.” “But how do we move forward to make things better in our community?

We need leadership of the Mayor more than ever, and we look to support the Mayor in taking immediate action to support those calling for justice.” “The city of Minneapolis chose last night to use excessive police force to break up a peaceful encampment of people protesting excessive police force. Our city needs strong leadership that will end police violence, not exacerbate it.” I understand that emotions are running high in the community and across the city.

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