Monday, November 23, 2015

Black Lives Matter Assessing Protests As Clark Shooting Investigation Continues
By Michael Mitchell
Nov 23, 2015 000

U.S. Rep Keith Ellison said he was upset with a police officer who he believes pointed a gun at his son, Jeremiah, during the protests.

"I'm incredibly grateful for the community I've been standing with,  I'm incredibly proud", Kandace Montgomery with Black Lives Matter said.

Four days after the fatal shooting, the Minneapolis police union finally released the names of the two officers involved in the case, satisfying one of the key demands listed by the activists who have been rallying for justice in the case for days. He said the officers should face charges and "go through the same procedures that we do".

They prayed and sang "We Shall Overcome" before returning to the police station. In a statement, Mr Evans said there had been a "struggle" but did not directly address reports Mr Clark allegedly reached for an officer's gun.

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".

He led a chant of, "No justice, no peace!" The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting and a federal criminal civil rights investigation is also underway.

Dayton said he has asked Clark's family and BLM leaders to meet with Justice Department attorneys about the tapes while the attorneys are in the Twin Cities on Sunday.

She said the fam­i­ly "does not want it to be po­lit­i­cal". Minneapolis Police Department Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze were involved in the shooting, but it's not clear who fired the fatal shot.

"I'd like to acknowledge our block brothers" for passing out hand warmers, stoking bonfires fires and keeping things calm, Pastor Brian C. Herron Sr. said. The group Black Lives Matter had hoped Gov. Dayton would call on law enforcement to immediately release video from the shooting of Jamar Clark.

There were conversations about a variety of topics throughout the night: whether Jamar Clark's murder would spark a movement like Mike Brown's did in Ferguson; what kind of role did police play; how was the issue of the violence of militarized police connected to United States wars overseas; what had happened in the attacks in Lebanon, Paris and Lebanon. Protesters say they feel as though they were mistreated by police during the course of this week.

Black Lives Matter is contemplating whether to remain outside the fourth precinct or find different ways to create the changes they want to see. Fu­ner­al plans have been set for Clark on Wednesday at noon at the Shi­loh Temple worldwide Ministries on Broad­way Avenue in the city's North Side, ac­cord­ing to Clark's cous­in.

Earlier this year, he was convicted of a felony count of terroristic threats and sentenced to 15 months in prison, but his sentence was stayed for five years and he was out on probation. McKnight said any focus on Clark's background is misplaced. "America has a background", she said, "and a criminal record of violence against black people".

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