Protesters gather for Thanksgiving dinner outside 4th Precinct

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Protesters are having Thanksgiving dinner outside the Fourth Precinct Thursday afternoon, where demonstrators seeking justice for Jamar Clark have been camped out for nearly two weeks.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis invited everyone in the community to join them for dinner, according to an event on Facebook, saying:

"This has been a powerful and difficult week. Along with NAACP, Black Liberation Project, we are calling on our community to come together on Thursday, break bread and build! Bring your family plans down here with us! Please try to bring a dish."

Nekima Levy-Pounds, the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, told The Associated Press the meal is designed to "promote healing" in the wake of Clark's death.

Clark was shot by police on Nov. 15 following a struggle with officers, police said. Witnesses insist he was handcuffed when he was shot, but police dispute that claim. His death has prompted protests and demonstrations outside of the Fourth Precinct police station, as well as marches through Minneapolis.

Some people, including Clark's family and the Minneapolis Urban League, have called for protests outside the police station to end to allow the next phase – the investigation by federal and local officials – to take place. Rep. Keith Ellison uttered similar sentiment in a statement Wednesday, asking that protests "evolve beyond encampment."

But protesters plan to stay. Levy-Pounds says the camp has become a place where the community can gather and heal, the AP notes.

Some tweets from Thursday:

Love and fires keeping each other warm. #4thprecinctshutdown #thanksgiving #minnsagrammers #fire #blacklivesmatter

A photo posted by Rebecca J Lawrence (@rjlawrencephoto) on Nov 26, 2015 at 11:25am PST

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