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#Justice4Jamar protesters hold worship service at 4th Precinct; fire chief visits


Two weeks after police shot Jamar Clark, activists and community leaders gathered outside of the Fourth Precinct to hold an interfaith service.

This comes as protesters continue to camp outside of the precinct as they demand justice for the 24-year-old who was killed by police.

Everyone in the community was invited to Sunday morning's "church without walls" worship, where local ministers preached on the theme "Justice in the Land: Is there a Balm in Gilead?," a post on the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP's Facebook page says.

Tweets showed dozens of people were gathered outside the precinct for the service. Nekima Levy-Pounds, the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, said last week that the encampment has become a place where the community can gather and heal.

Fire chief talks snowstorm, safety issues

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and other organizations have vowed to stay outside of the precinct – no matter the weather – until they get justice for Clark – despite the pending snowstorm which could dump up to 10 inches of snow in parts of Minnesota on Monday into Tuesday.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel met briefly with protesters at the Fourth Precinct Sunday afternoon to talk about his concerns due to the upcoming storm, the Star Tribune reports.

One is that emergency vehicles and snowplows may not be able to get through the neighborhood because the protesters have been blocking all lanes of traffic on Plymouth Avenue, which is a main route through north Minneapolis.

The second is that protesters have had several wood fires and propane heaters going constantly for warmth, and Fruetel says they could pose a hazard if they're too close to structures or tents.

Fruetel gave the news media advance notice of the meeting, but protesters blocked reporters and photographers from covering it, WCCO reports.

One of the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizers, Mica Grimm, told KARE 11 the protesters wouldn't try to prevent emergency crews from getting through the street. She says the group has been moving the barricades out of the way for emergency vehicles.

She said the barricades were put up in the first place because several cars that drove through nearly hit some of the protesters.

Protesters call for more supplies ahead of snow

Protesters haven't been swayed to leave the area, and are calling for additional donations of supplies.

Organizers have created a website for the Fourth Precinct shutdown, which includes an updated list of items they need.

Black Lives Matter organizers have also planned hold a nonviolent civil disobedience direct action training on Sunday afternoon, according to an event on Facebook. Activists, who have been holding daily community meetings, also planned to canvass the neighborhood in an effort to engage more neighbors.

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