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Mayor Hodges calls for end to Black Lives Matter vigil outside 4th Precinct.

MINNEAPOLIS — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations (all times local): Prosecutors in Minnesota say they’ll announce charges against four men who were arrested after shots were fired at demonstrators protesting the killing of a black man by police. FILE – 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.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel has met with protesters outside a police station to discuss concerns about campfires there and emergency access to the site. Hodges made her announcement while backed by Keith Ellison, the Congress member whose district includes north Minneapolis, police and fire officials and key members of the City Council.

The mayor cited the wood-burning fires, threats against officers and a shooting incident last week that is prompting felony charges to be filed Monday against four suspects. They’re also concerned about more violence after five protesters were shot there one week ago, and said it’s beginning to have a negative impact on the neighborhood and the entire city. A day earlier, the Fire Department met with the activists and discussed safety and health concerns about smoke wafting from the fires that protesters have kept going to keep warm and about the busy Plymouth Avenue thoroughfare being blocked. The fire chief alerted reporters about his visit, but the Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1PV03Ji ) journalists were blocked from the brief meeting by Black Lives Matter activists. Jailed on suspicion of assault since early last week in the wounding of five activists on Nov. 23 at the activists’ encampment on Plymouth Avenue are Allen L.

So far, six felony counts against Scarsella have been posted as of late Monday morning on the court’s website: one count of second-degree riot while armed and five counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. In the warrant, Scarsella told a Mankato police officer who is also a friend from high school that he and the others had gone to the protest to live stream it and that they had an altercation with protesters, leading to the shooting. In a search of Scarsella’s home, police found computer equipment, cellphones, camouflage clothing, an AR-15 rifle, bolt-action rifles, revolvers and ammunition. The lawsuit alleges that Schwarze, who was working as a Richfield police officer, used a stun gun on a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by officers in Richfield in December 2011. The four suspects 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.

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