2 arrested for profane graffiti at 4th precinct

Rep. Ellison and council members protest

MINNEAPOLIS - It wasn't violent behavior, like throwing bricks or rocks, but two demonstrators were arrested overnight after police say they spray painted profane graffiti on a wall of the 4th Precinct police building overnight Friday.

Reports are that the men arrested will faces charges of damage to property. Besides profanities, Jamar Clark's name was sprayed on the wall, along with messages like "no justice, no peace."

Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder also confirms that a driver was arrested after crashing into the gate that leads into the precinct parking lot where squad cars and personal vehicles are parked. Elder says the driver was arrested, and tests were taken to see if that person was intoxicated. At this point it is unclear if the person arrested was affiliated with the Jamar Clark protests.

One media outlet reported that shots were fired during the incident, something Elder strongly denied Friday morning. 

Otherwise the night was mostly quiet as demonstrators camping out at the 4th precinct were joined Thursday night by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and three city council members calling for transparency in the Jamar Clark shooting.

Clark, 24, was shot once in the head in what police say was a scuffle with officers responding to an assault. Some allege Clark was handcuffed at the time, which the police union has staunchly disputed.

"I think it is fair, just and right to prioritize transparency. At the end of the day we want the truth," Ellison said.

Earlier Thursday, Ellison expressed in a Twitter post his frustration with police who he believes pointed a gun at his son, Jeremiah, during protests outside the fourth precinct Wednesday night.

"The people of Minneapolis are in pain right now and to get the healing we need we're going to need truth, transparency, and we're going to need justice both in this instance and that of a larger justice," said Second Ward council member Cam Gordon.

The demonstration Thursday night was much different than the night before. On Wednesday, some in the crowd of 400 or so threw bottles, rocks and bricks towards the precinct causing thousands of dollars in damage, according to Chief Janee Harteau. Tenth Ward council member Lisa Bender said the difference is night and day.

"The difference is how the police are responding to the situation," Bender said. "We have seen what happens when police de-escalate and stand in support of our community. I am so grateful for the MPD to responding this way."

Protesters continue to demand the release of any video showing the Jamar Clark shooting. Ninth Ward council member Alondra Cano is asking for Governor Dayton to step in.

"I'm requesting the help of Gov. Dayton to release the tapes to allow us to build a clear path towards justice. This is the least we can do to build trust between police and our community members, and the least we can do for the family of Jamar Clark," Cano said.


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