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Huge #Justice4Jamar crowd marches to City Hall, gathers at 4th Precinct


An estimated 2,000 protesters marched from north Minneapolis to City Hall in downtown Tuesday afternoon in support of Jamar Clark.

They were joined by high school students in Minneapolis and at the University of Minnesota who walked out of classes earlier in the day in a show of support.

Minneapolis City Hall was on lockdown during the demonstration and some Metro Transit buses were delayed due to the large numbers of people marching in the streets.

After the rally downtown, the group marched back to the Fourth Precinct police station, where a rally and concert was held.

The precinct has been the focal point of demonstrators for more than a week following the death of Clark, who was shot by police on Nov. 15.

Before the march began, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said it is recommitting its efforts to stay outside the police station, noting it has no faith in police, WCCO's Jennifer Mayerle

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Tuesday's gatherings came after a shooting near the protests Monday night. Black Lives Matter and other witnesses say "white supremacists" came to the area and shot five people, though police have not yet offered such a description.

Also Tuesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman issued a statement saying it will be up to a grand jury to decide whether to charge the police officers in connection with Clark's death.

Protesters have said repeatedly they want Freeman's office to make the decision rather than having it to go to grand jury, because they say grand juries are less likely to indict police officers in such cases.

High school, college students stage walkout

Hundreds of students gathered at the U of M campus Tuesday afternoon in solidarity with Jamar Clark protests, MPR News reports. Students

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Mauri Melander, the principal of Lucy Laney Elementary School, which is not far from the Fourth Precinct, shared a powerful message on the morning announcements Tuesday following the shooting. It was posted to Facebook by KARE 11 multimedia journalist Ben Garvin. Listen to it here:

More tweets from the protests

Student protestors from southwest high school in walkout for #Justice4Jamar #minneapolis

A photo posted by Alex Baumhardt (@alicebaumhardt) on Nov 24, 2015 at 11:50am PST

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