Protesters seeking #Justice For Jamar march through Minneapolis

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Hundreds of protesters rallied and marched through Minneapolis Saturday afternoon as they continue to demand justice for Jamar Clark, the man fatally shot by Minneapolis police last month.

Saturday’s event began at the Fourth Precinct police station in north Minneapolis and ended at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown.

According to the Star Tribune, about 200 participants gathered at the precinct and heard from several speakers who encouraged them to continue putting pressure on public officials, while others spoke of peace and unity.

The group then began its march to downtown, stopping at a few locations along the way.

Clark’s death prompted #Justice4Jamar demonstrations at the Fourth Precinct for more than two weeks, as well as several other public protests. He was shot on Nov. 15 after a confrontation with police and died the next day.

Activists say Clark was handcuffed at the time he was shot, while the police deny that claim.

The activists continue to call for the release of video of the shooting; that a special prosecutor instead of a grand jury determines potential charges against the police officers involved; and that the men charged in connection with the shooting of five protesters face federal domestic terrorist charges, among other demands.

Two investigations are underway to determine the exact circumstances of the shooting, and those investigators have said they won't release any video of the shooting until after their work is done.

Protest at Mall of America

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, which has been one of the organizers of the recent demonstrations, said it plans to protest at the Mall of America on Dec. 23 unless those demands are met.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis demonstrated at Mall of America last December, despite being threatened with arrest for trespassing on private property.

Numerous people were charged in connection with the protest, however charges against the organizers were recently dropped.

Susan Gaertner, an attorney representing the mall, reiterated that MOA is private property and it does not allow protests on its premises, "no matter how important or good the cause.”

The mall “intends to use whatever methods it can, whatever remedies it has, to communicate that message and to try to prevent the protest from happening," she added. 

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