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Dayton, Ellison Meet With Jamar Clark’s Family, BLM Leaders.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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): Protesters are huddling around fires in freezing temperatures during a demonstration a week after a black man was fatally shot in a scuffle with Minneapolis police. A few dozen demonstrators endured bitter cold on Saturday outside a Minneapolis police station, where they have spent the last week encamped in protest of the killing of an unarmed African-American man.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — It was a relatively quiet Friday night around the 4th Precinct building in north Minneapolis as a protest following the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark reaches its seventh day. Attorney and a representative of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change for a meeting with the governor about the ongoing protests at the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct, where protesters have been camping for nearly a week.

Minneapolis civil rights activist Mel Reeves said the primary goal of the protests is to see the officers involved in the death of Jamar Clark prosecuted based on statements of people who say they saw the shooting. People fired up snowblowers and wielded shovels Saturday after the first significant snowstorm of the season dumped between a few inches and 20 inches of snow across the Upper Midwest, blanketing a swath from South Dakota to Michigan.

The National Weather Service said the snow, which first fell in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa on Friday, would continue in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan before heading northeast into Canada late Saturday. Over the past year, protests against killings of unarmed black men and women – some videotaped with phones or police cameras – have rocked a number of cities. “There are a lot of us men doing a whole lot of talking … but the men need to make sure that the talk is put into play,” Michael Wilson, 33, said through a bullhorn, imploring other male protesters to take responsibility for their community and families. Kyle Edwards of AFSCME Local 3800, representing University of Minnesota clerical workers, told the crowd that working class people are becoming aware that “we’re all in this together.” He led a chant of, “No justice, no peace!

As Wilson spoke, about 50 fellow demonstrators tried to stay warm in the 20-degree Fahrenheit (-6 C) cold by drinking coffee and huddling around campfires in the middle of the street in front of the station, where protesters pitched about a dozen tents. Prosecute the police!” Protesters, led by leaders from the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, also have called for the release of surveillance footage taken at the scene of the deadly encounter early Sunday. Authorities have said it wouldn’t be appropriate to release the video because doing so could taint an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Cars brought firewood and food as a few protesters cleaned up trash from the muddy ground and city crews scrubbed profane graffiti off the station’s brick walls. In his statement, Dayton said “I will urge that the tapes be provided to the family and released to the public, as soon as doing so will not jeopardize the Department of Justice’s investigation.” Although protests throughout the week have been largely peaceful, police have used pepper spray and fired rubber marking bullets at least twice when demonstrations became heated. Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta jointed the meeting by telephone and reiterated her concern that releasing the video would be “extremely detrimental” to a federal criminal civil rights probe that’s underway. They keep growing and/or changing, and many are not permitted by current law.” Police Chief Janeé Harteau also applauded the work of her officers, saying an investgation “will only confirm the strength” of officers’ work to protect public safety and freedom of speech. Attorney to investigate any matters, which occurred in Minneapolis during the past week that may have violated the civil rights of any Minnesota citizens,” Gov.

Also Saturday, demonstrators maintained an encampment outside the Minneapolis police’s Fourth Precinct station, marking a full week of protests over Clark’s shooting death. WCCO cannot verify claims made about the video, or its source. “I’m not looking to march across Minnesota, but if we need to march across Minnesota, we will march across Minnesota,” Brooks said. “If we are disciplined, if we throw arguments and organization and demonstrations and prayer vigils — and not rocks and bricks — we can get the justice we seek.” (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Pinal County Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Clark said a malfunction or failure occurred, leading to a hard-impact landing during the jump Saturday morning in Maricopa.

Two people were arrested on charges of felony destruction of property Thursday after spraying paint over a security camera on the precinct’s front wall. Clark’s cousin Kenya McKnight said the family wants people to remember that Clark was loved and cared for and “he was really on this path of getting his life together.” Funeral plans have been set for Wednesday at Shiloh Temple International.

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