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Hundreds mourn Jamar Clark at funeral procession; more demonstrations planned

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Jamar Clark was remembered at a visitation and funeral service at Shiloh Temple International Ministries Wednesday.

The Star Tribune says more than 300 people attended the open ceremony, including Rep. Keith Ellison, Sen. Bobby Joe Champion and former Minneapolis mayors R.T. Rybak and Sharon Sayles Belton.

Following the funeral, a procession brought Clark's body to the cemetery, but not before driving by the Fourth Precinct, where protesters quietly sang and raised their hands in solidarity, according to a live stream of the procession by Unicorn Riot.

As the vehicle carrying family members passed, they waved out the window and said "I love you all" to nearby protesters.

Clark was fatally shot by police on Nov. 15. His death prompted #Justice4Jamar protests and demonstrations at the Fourth Precinct, as well as marches through Minneapolis.

No charges yet for shooting suspects

Prosecutors have received an extension to decide whether to charge four men suspected of shooting at protesters outside the Fourth Precinct on Monday night. The four remain in custody.

The original deadline for filing charges against them was Wednesday at 4 p.m. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement he's been granted an extension until Monday at noon.

Demonstrations will continue

Protesters will continue to camp outside the Fourth Precinct police station, despite Jamar Clark's family asking for a day without protests so they could mourn him at the funeral service.

Community leaders, including the Minneapolis Urban League, also asked that no demonstrations of any kind be held Wednesday out of respect for Clark's family.

The organization asked that the vigil outside the police station end, with protesters declaring victory to allow the next phase – the investigation by federal and local officials – to take place.

Despite these pleas, protesters said they'll continue to demonstrate outside of the station until there is justice for Clark.

Pastor Jayme Ali of God of All Truth Church told The Associated Press there will be an "emergency rally" Wednesday, with MPR News noting a rally is planned at 4 p.m. Wednesday, with a similar rally set for the same time in New York City and some other locations.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis also has events listed on its Facebook page for this week, including #Blacksgiving on Thursday. Protests are expected to continue through the weekend, MPR News says, noting the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP is holding an outdoor church service at the Fourth Precinct Sunday at 11 a.m.

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