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  • Police Violently Evict the #4thPrecinctShutDown

     Update: By 9:20am Police had set up barricades around the Precinct. Via Ashley Fairbanks

     

     

     

    At 3:45am this morning, Minneapolis Police violently evicted the #4thPrecintShutDown. after 18 days of a 24/7 peaceful demonstration. What began as a response to the execution of Jamar Clark would become 18 days of a 24/7 peaceful demonstration. 

     

     


    Organizers called for a rally on Thursday November 3rd at 4pm at City Hall in response to what they cal, "the Mayor and City Council's continued brutality against peaceful protesters who have endured a white supremacist terrorist attack, police violence, and freezing temperatures to demand justice for Jamar Clark."


    Protestors continue to demand: Release the tapes, appoint a special prosecutor with no grand jury for Jamar Clark's case, and institute a safety plan to protect Minneapolis residents from continued police violence.

    During the course of the Shut Down of the #4th Precinct , Protestors where attacked by white supremacists, confronted the Mayor over what they are argue to be her inadequate response to the attacks and threw an elaborate "Blacksgiving" celebration.   

     

    After getting shot at by white supremacists, seeing two people next to me get hit, helping them into their friends SUV...

    Posted by Jie Wronski-Riley on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

     


    In describing the attack by white supremacists  Andy Parson wrote:

    "I was at the precinct when this happened; saw the protest security folks peacefully moving the masked white supremacist terrorists away fromthe site; heard the shots and saw people running both away from the shooting and towards it. Despite the heavy police presence in the immediate area, the cops seemed in no hurry to do anything. It was the protesters who worked to maintain order and safety.

    A few minutes before the shootings, one of the cops inside the precinct had popped up over the wall wearing a black face mask like the ones the white supremacists were wearing. You'd think, being so close and aware of the situation, they could have acted at something other than a snail's pace.

    Nobody was taken into custody, and one of the cops told protesters 'This is what you wanted.' Police then maced the peaceful demonstrators and ignored witnesses, including a friend of mine who had the name and address of a potential suspect.

    I wasn't alive in the 1960s and so don't know what that time in our history felt like. I know that what happened last night is wrong, profoundly wrong, and makes me think on how much work there still is to do. When white terrorists can hang out at a police precinct, shoot a bunch of black people, and walk away into the night, we have a deep and systemic problem.

    I'll be joining hundreds of others at the precinct today at 2pm for a march and I invite you all to join me, even if you haven't been out to any of the protests yet. Although it's a cliche, if you've ever wondered what you'd do if you were alive during the civil rights era, now's the time to find out. Hope to see you out there."

    -Filiberto Nolasco Gomez

  • Protestors Took over Freeway in response to the Execution of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis Police

     
    In response to the execution of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis Police protestors took over the 94 Freeway in Minneapolis, haulting traffic.

    After several hours of diverting traffic officers took over the freeway deploying over 60 squad cars. 

    42 protestors where booked in Hennepin County Jail. They began to be released in the early hours of the morning. 

     

    On November 17th BLM activists revealed that the coroner's office determined that Jamar Clark was indeed shot in the head by police. 

     

     

    Organizers offered a healing space for those that have been engaged in the fight for #justice4jamar. After 3 days of pain and confusion community came together to reflect and consider the impact of the last several days. Individuals came up to the stage to share there thoughts and feelings.

    A North Minneapolis resident and single mother Stephanie Gasca revealed that her 12 year old son had been kicked in the rear by his teacher.  Her son attends middle school in the Robbinsdale school district. The District is made up of at least 30% students of color and the teachers are largely white. 

    Stephanie further explained that, 

    Today I will have to explain to my son that the criminal "justice" system doesn't work for us. Explain to him that him being assaulted by his teacher is ok in the systems eyes and that there will be no charges brought against her because the white city attorney doesn't believe her actions were criminal or warrant any charges. I'm not surprised but I'm hurt that I have to explain this to my 12 year old son.

    For her the shooting is a reminder that her young boys are not safe and that the school to prison pipeline starts early. Her son, upon hearing that the District Attorney would not charge the teacher with assault he commented that: 

    How is that not assault? If I would of kicked a teacher I would of been in jail.

    Many others expressed there solidarity and sense of despair over the execution of the young man. It was eventually announced that Black Lives Matter Activists and members of Clark's family met with Mayor Hodges. The meetings seem to have been preliminary. 

     

    -Filiberto Nolasco Gomez 

     

     

  • Black Male Executed by Minneapolis Police. Protestors in a Stand Off

    Update: Monday November 16th, 5: 20 AM.

    Protestors continue in from of the 4th Precinct. A Press Conference was announced for 9 am

     

     

     

    Earlier today Sunday Nov. 15th, Jamar Clark, was shot by Minneapolis Police Dept. while unarmed and handcuffed at the intersection of James and Plymouth in North Minneapolis.

    Via Michael Mcdowell

     

    Overwhelmingly, neighbors are recounting that Jamar was handcuffed while shot and that the police threatened residents to leave the scene immediately after the incident. Jamar Clark was rushed to the hospital and the family reports that he is brain dead. Audio from the call with dispatchers can be heard below. 

    CBS Minnesota notes that a 10 year old has been identified as a witness to the execution: 

    “He said mom, they just shot that man out there,” Tequila Dillon said.

    Dillon said her 10-year-old son was among those who saw an officer shoot Jamar Clark. A friend of Clark’s said he was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend. Witnesses said when an ambulance arrived to help her, Clark was standing near it. A struggle then ensued between Clark and officers, and that’s when witnesses say he was shot.

    “My baby is 10-years-old. There is no way my son should have witnessed that. He shouldn’t have to come and tell me piece by piece what happened,” Dillon said.

     Furthermore, Teto Wilson, Northside Community Resident and Business Owner reported that:

    "The young man was just laying there; he was not resisting arrest. Two officers were surrounding the victim on the ground, an officer maneuvered his body around to shield Jamar's body, and I heard the shot go off"

     

    Protestors arrived at 3 PM to honor the life of Jamar Clark and affirm that he was executed by police. By dusk protestors had taken over the area in front of the precinct and staged a sit-in demanding that the officer responsible for the killing be arrested. 

     

    Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, to the frustration of protestors refused to address there concerns.

     


    The situation is a standoff between protestors and the police. An officer went so far as to draw a gun on two protestors.

     

     

     At the time of this writing protestors continue holding the street. Follow #justice4jamar for updates.

     

     

    -Filiberto Nolasco Gomez 

     

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