Protests af­ter po­lice shoot black man in Min­neapo­lis

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS: A Min­nesota agency is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing by a Min­neapo­lis po­lice of­fi­cer of a black man sus­pected in an as­sault, an in­ci­dent that sparked protests and prompted a com­mu­nity fo­rum with the mayor and po­lice chief. Ac­counts from some wit­nesses that the man was hand­cuffed when he was shot early Sun­day morn­ing led to out­rage. Po­lice said their pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion shows the man was not hand­cuffed, but the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

A large, agi­tated crowd gath­ered at the scene and demon­stra­tions en­dured through­out the day. Wit­nesses said po­lice used a chem­i­cal ir­ri­tant to sub­due the pro­test­ers. About 10 pro­test­ers spent a rainy and windy Sun­day night out­side a po­lice precinct sta­tion not far from the scene of the shoot­ing, and vowed to stay un­til the of­fi­cer was ar­rested or in­dicted.

Ja­son Sole, chair of the Min­neapo­lis NAACP’s crim­i­nal jus­tice com­mit­tee, said Sun­day that many black res­i­dents of north Min­neapo­lis are up­set. “We have been say­ing for a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time that Min­neapo­lis is one bul­let away from Fer­gu­son,” he said, re­fer­ring to the po­lice shoot­ing last year in the St. Louis sub­urb that prompted na­tion­wide protests. “That bul­let was fired last night. We want jus­tice im­me­di­ately,” Sole told Min­nesota Pub­lic Ra­dio News.

The shoot­ing hap­pened af­ter po­lice said they were called to north Min­neapo­lis around 12:45 a.m. Sun­day for a re­port of an as­sault. When they ar­rived, the man had re­turned and was in­ter­fer­ing with paramedics who were as­sist­ing the vic­tim, po­lice said. Of­fi­cers tried to calm him, but there was a strug­gle. At some point, an of­fi­cer fired at least once, hit­ting the man, po­lice said. Au­thor­i­ties have not re­leased any in­for­ma­tion on the of­fi­cer, in­clud­ing name and race. Au­thor­i­ties have also de­clined to release the name of the man who was shot, but the Min­neapo­lis NAACP cited fam­ily mem­bers and wit­nesses in iden­ti­fy­ing him as Ja­mar Clark.

Life Sup­port

Martez McKnight, 22, told AP that Clark, his un­cle, was put on life sup­port af­ter he was taken to a hos­pi­tal. “The fam­ily is heart­bro­ken and trau­ma­tized by the whole event,” McKnight said. A state­ment Sun­day night from state Rep Ray­mond Dehn, who rep­re­sents the area, said Clark was on life sup­port. Po­lice and a spokes­woman for the Hen­nepin County Med­i­cal Cen­ter said they could not com­ment on the man’s con­di­tion. Pro­test­ers or­ga­nized by the group Black Lives Mat­ter Min­neapo­lis marched through the streets Sun­day af­ter­noon. Some beat drums and oth­ers car­ried ban­ners. The group went to a po­lice precinct, where they banged on the door and de­manded to be al­lowed in­side. Raeisha Wil­liams with the Min­neapo­lis NAACP told the AP pro­test­ers plan to stay at the precinct un­til the names of the of­fi­cers in­volved are re­leased.— AP

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