Skip to main content

Allen Scarsella found guilty of shooting 5 people at Jamar Clark protest

Prosecutors called it a "racially motivated attack."

A Lakeville man was found guilty of shooting five people at a protest days after Jamar Clark was killed.

Allen Scarsella, of Lakeville, was among four men charged in the Nov. 23, 2015, shooting outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct, where protesters had been demonstrating following Clark's death.

And on Wednesday – after about seven hours of deliberations – a jury found Scarsella guilty of all 12 counts. That included first-degree assault and riot, in what Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman called a "racially motivated" attack.

During the trial, prosecutors said Scarsella and his friends went to the police station that night to mock the protesters before he shot and injured five of them, with prosecutors noting Scarsella used racist language on social media, and again in an incident captured on video.

Scarsella, however, testified he fired at the protesters in self defense when he saw someone pull out a weapon after they chased him and his friends, the Star Tribune reports.

In a statement Wednesday, Freeman said:

"We are pleased with the jury’s guilty verdict against Allen Scarsella today. As I said at the time we charged Mr. Scarsella and his companions, the racist language he used in the videos and on social media is just not acceptable and the actions he took as a result of those racist beliefs were heinous. The jury obviously saw it the same way.

"This office took a very strong stand against Mr. Scarsella. We charged him with the most serious possible charge that the evidence allowed. We argued successfully for a high bail. We argued again in later hearings not to reduce that bail. As a result, he has already been off the streets for 14 months. At his sentencing, we will be seeking the stiffest possible sentence to keep him confined even longer."

Scarsella's sentencing is scheduled for March 10.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, former president of the NAACP in Minneapolis and current mayoral candidate, said on Facebook she is " in awe that justice is being served on behalf of the five victims who were shot by this man."

Next Up

police lights

Las Vegas man identified as victim killed near 38th and Chicago

The 25-year-old died at the scene Sunday afternoon.


Beloved Eagan Dairy Queen says goodbye

A summer staple has shuttered in Eagan.

Screen Shot 2022-08-16 at 3.44.22 PM (2)

Bridge damage closes westbound Hwy. 62 between Richfield, Edina

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said bridge maintenance work is in progress.

Michael Miller

Charges: Drunk driver killed former chair of Hibbing Chamber of Commerce

Michael Miller's blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Mystic Lake

Charges: Man attacked Mystic Lake security with 2x4

A chaotic scene unfolded after the man approached the bell stand late Friday.


SWAT presence in Eagan neighborhood Tuesday morning

There's a developing story out of Eagan.


15 years in prison for man who shot at Jamar Clark protesters

Allen Scarsella had been found guilty in February.

County attorney: Suspects in attack on protesters are 'sick people'

"There is no doubt that the attack by the four was racially motivated," Freeman said.

Poor communication hindered city's response to Jamar Clark protests, review finds

Minneapolis' response to Jamar Clark protests were "peaceful and measured," but communication was not good, the review found.

Vigil planned to mark one year since Jamar Clark was killed by police

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Jamar Clark's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

2 suspects face jail time and probation for role in 4th Precinct protest shooting

Five people were injured in the shooting, which happened during demonstrations following Jamar Clark's death.

5 people in custody in connection with UMD student's shooting death

William Grahek was shot in his home, and died at the hospital.