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Activists March On Broad Street In Solidarity For Black Lives Matter Protesters.

Shots were fired early Wednesday morning near the scene of a Minneapolis protest for the second night in a row. The man on the other end of the line was Allen Lawrence “Lance” Scarsella III, who confessed that just two hours before he had shot five people at a protest outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct station, according to court documents.NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several people were arrested Wednesday night, as protesters rallied and marched over recent deadly police shootings in Chicago and Minneapolis.Family and friends of Jamar Clark mourned together Wednesday as they lay to rest the 24-year-old black man whose death at the hands of police 10 days ago sparked days of protests in Minneapolis.

A funeral was held Monday for an unarmed man shot dead by Minneapolis police — as authorities announced that a fourth person is being held in connection with a shooting near a “Black Lives Matter” protest following the death. “I’m still hurt,” his sister, Sharice Burns, told the packed church on the city’s north side, The Associated Press reported. “I’m still suffering. Armed with signs that called for justice, dozens of protesters marched down Broad Street in North Philadelphia to show they are not happy with policing around the country. “We’re in dire times. Impassioned speeches from pastors and Jamar Clark’s relatives were occasionally interrupted by shouts and applause inside the cavernous Shiloh Temple International Ministries. Protesters paused their efforts to honor the wishes of the Minneapolis Urban League and Clark’s family, who asked that demonstrations be put on hold Wednesday for the service.

Within 24 hours, police had arrested a 23-year-old in Bloomington, a nearby city, as well as a 26-year-old and a 21-year-old who turned themselves in to investigators. We need to do something about it and the time is now,” Megan Malachi, one of the protest organizers, told KYW Newsradio. “This is a call to action and also a solidarity march to support our comrades in Minneapolis and also to support our comrades who have been fighting for justice in Chicago,” she said. We need justice sooner rather than later.” Clark was shot on Nov. 15 in what police say was a scuffle with officers responding to an assault of a woman in which he was a suspect. The Mankato officer told Minneapolis police that Scarsella owns a .45-caliber weapon, matching the size of the eight shells found at the shooting scene.

In a search of Scarsella’s home, police found computer equipment, cellphones, camouflage clothing, an AR-15 rifle, bolt-action rifles, revolvers and ammunition. At the visitation, leaflets shared details about Clark, who was the youngest of 10 children and liked to swim, fish, listen to music and take trips to Charlotte, N.C. Bishop Richard Howell praised protesters for pressure that he said helped get a federal criminal civil rights investigation and the names of the officers involved. Protesters have called on city leaders to release video footage captured of the incident, but authorities say it would harm their investigation into the incident, CBS Minnesota reported.

Vehicles in the procession honked their horns, and protesters shouted “Justice for Jamar.” Police have arrested four men — ages 27, 26, 23 and 21 — on suspicion of shooting five protesters after some protesters told the men to leave the site Monday night. Monday’s shooting near the protest occurred after a group of men began confronting demonstrators and were being escorted away, a witness told NBC News. “I heard the N-word. Demonstrations have also been held in Chicago in recent days, after Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was hit with murder charges in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014, CBS Chicago reported.

At around noon, police department spokesman Scott Seroka emailed this statement to The Washington Post: “The MPD did respond to a shots/shotspotter activation in the area near the 4th precinct at 12:40 am. (Near 1300 blocks Newton/Morgan). When about a dozen protesters attempted to herd the men away from the scene on Monday, witnesses said, the gunfire began and five protesters were hit. Court documents indicate the 23-year-old suspect called an old high school friend who is a Mankato police officer and confessed to shooting the protesters. According to the documents, the suspect, who is white, told the officer that he and some friends went to the protest to livestream it when the altercation broke out, leading to the shooting.

Clark’s older brother, James Hill, said Hodges sent her condolences for not attending the funeral adding that he wanted her to hold the officers accountable. Authorities, however, have not confirmed those claims — and it was unclear who had opened fire early Wednesday. “At some point during an altercation that ensued between the officers and the individual, an officer discharged his weapon, striking the individual,” the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

The four men appear to have become acquainted in school and at meetups through “/k/,” a popular weapons-related message board with racist overtones on the website 4chan. The FBI has announced that it will conduct its own investigation, while the U.S. attorney’s office in Minnesota and Justice Department prosecutors will review evidence to see whether any civil rights statutes were violated. Belton said the vigil should end to “restore order” to the community, which he said has endured open gunfire, traffic and service interruptions, smoke from the protesters’ fires and hours of helicopter noise. Drew Evans, superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, said that authorities were still working to determine whether Clark was handcuffed when he died. Lance is a good boy — my oldest grandson,” she said, adding that she wasn’t aware of allegations that he could be involved in a racial confrontation.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau on Twitter called the officers “true professionals” and noted that “MPD worked nonstop through the night to bring justice in last night’s shooting.” She did not comment further on the shooting Tuesday. Protesters have demanded investigators release video of the Clark shooting, and Ali noted it took more than a year before Chicago on Tuesday released video of the fatal police shooting of a black teenager. “We are not going nowhere. Another video emerged as part of a live stream filmed at the protests Friday by the man known as “SaigaMarine,” who was later questioned and released by police. “Oh, my God, he’s gonna die, guys.

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