With 4th Precinct camp gone, protesters rally at City Hall, in streets


Activists in Minneapolis took their protests to City Hall and to the city's streets Thursday evening, less than 24 hours after officers tore down an encampment outside the 4th precinct police headquarters.

In a Facebook post alerting supporters to the rally, a Black Lives Matter organizer wrote, "Though they destroyed the community space we created, they will not destroy our resolve to fight until we get justice for Jamar Clark."

A crowd estimated at a few hundred took part in the "Fourth Precinct Shutdown Eviction Rally" in the City Hall atrium beginning at 4 p.m.

When the building closed at 6 p.m., the protesters took to the streets. They marched to an event center where the Minneapolis police union was holding its annual fundraiser, the Star Tribune reports, and stopped traffic along the way.

Activists had been centered outside the 4th precinct police station for 18 days, protesting the fatal shooting of Clark and calling for the release of videos showing portions of his fatal struggle with officers.

Mayor Betsy Hodges and police chief Janeé Harteau said the occupation of the area had become hazardous and problematic for the neighborhood. The area was also the site of a shooting in which five protesters were injured.

Protesters said there were about 50 people at the encampment when police moved to tear it down. Eight people were arrested and later released; no injuries were reported.

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