Activists block streets in Edina, demand officers be disciplined

Activists took to the streets Saturday afternoon to protest police brutality.
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Activists took to the streets Saturday afternoon to protest police brutality.

The "I Am a Man March For Justice" as it's called, stated at 1 p.m. at Edina City Hall. The Facebook event says it's in response to the "injustices experienced by Larnie Thomas/Jamar Clark/Philando Castile & others around the county."

According to the Star Tribune, about 75 people gathered at the City Hall to kick off the peaceful protest.

From there, the group took the the streets and blocked off busy roads like the intersection of 50th and France.

One of the things the group chanted during the peaceful rally was for the Edina cop who arrested a black man walking down the street earlier this month. The encounter was recorded and the video has since prompted outrage from people across the country. However city officials have said the officer did not do anything wrong so he will not be punished.

Around 3:15 p.m. the protesters made their way back to Edina City Hall to conclude the march.

This comes just one day after Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced the two officers involved in Jamar Clark's death would not be disciplined.

Following the completion of an Internal Affairs investigation, Harteau said “I can say with absolute certainty that I fully support the actions of officers Ringgenberg and Schwarze the morning of Nov. 15."

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges also commented on the investigation, saying she supports the decision and trusts the investigation’s process.

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