Skip to main content

Less tension, more discussion as Jamar Clark protests continue at 4th Precinct

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

For the second night in a row, hundreds of people angry over the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark and frustrated with how officials have handled the follow-up gathered at the Fourth Precinct in North Minneapolis.

But unlike Wednesday night – when tension between the police and demonstrators threatened to escalate after rocks and bottles were hurled, and marking rounds and chemical irritants were sent into the crowds – Thursday's protests included room for discussion between community members and people voted into office.

Minneapolis Police said two people were arrested after they found profanities spray painted on the station.

In addition, FOX 9 reports an SUV tried to drive through the precinct's gate at one point.

(If you're interested, alternative news organization Unicorn Riot has a live stream from a couple hours of Thursday night – watch it here.)

Mayor Betsy Hodges

Twitter user @mattieroses uploaded some footage of Mayor Betsy Hodges, on the ground speaking with demonstrators Thursday night.

Earlier in the day, Hodges said she is committed to ensuring an independent investigation into Clark’s death, but also reiterated she doesn't have the ability to release surveillance footage from the incident – one of the main demands from protesters.

She'd previously called for demonstrators to remain peaceful, while asking the police to show "maximum restraint" – but did so from afar, leading to criticism from activists.

On Monday, the day after Clark was shot, Hodges requested the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the shooting, which the agency agreed to do.

Rep. Keith Ellison

U.S. Rep Keith Ellison was among those who spoke to the protest group, saying quality investigations take time, KARE 11 reports, while also noting all parties involved in Clark’s shooting deserve a full review of the facts.

Ellison, whose son appeared in a photo of a cop pointing a weapon at him, also released a statement saying everyone has to "be committed to establish the facts of what happened in the interest of justice."

He also praised Hodges for meeting with the community and acting quickly to ask for an investigation, but also urged the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to release the surveillance video.

City Council

Minneapolis City Council members were on the scene, some – such as Lisa Bender (Ward 10) – for the second night.

Alondra Cano (Ward 9) was also on the scene again, and put out a statement asking Gov. Mark Dayton to help push for the release of the video. On Wednesday, she'd asked for the police to institute a no-mace policy.

Cam Gordon (Ward 2) joined his two fellow council members in supporting the release of the footage,

" target="_blank">MPR reporter Riham Feshir tweeted.

On the second night of large protests outside the station, the atmosphere had even loosened to the point where there was a dance-off in the streets.

Attorney for officer says Clark was armed

The lawyer for one of the officers identified as being involved in Clark's shooting put out a statement Thursday night, which was shared by the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis.

It claims Clark would not comply with officers, refused to show his hands, and resisted arrest. When the officers tried to detain him Clark took control of one of their service weapons, the release says, and was given "multiple opportunities to desist."

The statement also says Clark was not handcuffed at the time.

What happened in the lead-up to the shooting is disputed:

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has said Clark was not armed. The medical examiner ruled he died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Activists claim he was handcuffed at the time, which police have said isn't true.

Police say he interfered with paramedics who were trying to help a victim in a suspected assault, and in the ensuing struggle was shot by an officer.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said handcuffs were recovered from the scene, but are investigating whether they were on Clark’s body when the shooting occurred.

Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze were identified as the officers involved in the shooting. Both have been officers for seven years, including 13 months with the Minneapolis Police Department. They're on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Next Up

image

How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction

The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

image

St. Paul's new 'skate trail' brings non-traditional park to life

Gateway Park is the first of four parks to open in the Highland Bridge redevelopment.

FWDqyh6UEAENgIG

80 mph winds, large hail possible with severe storms in MN

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the state until 3 a.m. Saturday.

290376311_5009722282489162_198055240351933487_n

30 people evacuated as flooding hammers small town

It's assumed that at least eight inches of rain fell in Randall, with more heavy rain expected Friday night into Saturday morning.

Intersection in Rochester.

Boy dies in motorcycle crash in Rochester

Police are investigating as of Friday afternoon.

Tab2FileL (13)

Numerous severe storms likely in Minnesota Friday night

Watch the video for the full details with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

court room

Teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 15-year-old girl in Columbia Heights

Damico Jamal-Tokyo High will receive a sentence in juvenile court, along with an adult prison sentence.

Screen Shot 2022-04-25 at 11.00.01 AM

Walz wants to use surplus money to send direct payments to Minnesotans

It's a renewed effort from a previous proposal from Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan's supplemental budget in January.

Ron Johnson

Jan. 6 committee says aide for WI senator tried to give fake elector info to Pence

The attempt was discovered through text messages in the ongoing public hearing held by the Jan. 6 select committee.

Stock U of M sign

Minnesota State colleges, U of M boosting tuition again

The Minnesota State system's Board of Trustee's approved the increase Wednesday.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, June 24

The next daily update will be provided Monday, June 27.

Pro choice rally

Walz, Jensen react to historic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

After voting to overturn Roe, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has hinted contraception and same-sex marriage protections should follow.

Related