Fourth Precinct protests could end this week

1 week later: 4th precinct protests

MINNEAPOLIS - Protesters have occupied the block of Plymouth Ave. in front of the Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct since Nov. 15, when a 24-year-old black man was shot and killed by an officer.

That protest may come to end the day before Jamar Clark is buried.

Clark's family has requested there be no protests on Wednesday, because they don't want his funeral to be politicized.

And after a lengthy meeting with north side community members on Sunday, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis members say they can only promise the protests will continue through Sunday and Monday nights.

Tuesday morning, they are planning a march in Minneapolis.

Black Lives Matter representatives say they are pleased with the results of a meeting Saturday with Gov. Mark Dayton.

"I think Governor Dayton was willing to show more willingness to work with us and pursue justice. I think he came to the table with more passion," said Kandace Montgomery of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.

Dayton is now urging videotape evidence be shown to Clark's family and made public as soon as doing so will not jeopardize the criminal investigation into his shooting.

Dayton also agreed to meet with Black Lives Matter and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change in December. And he renewed his call for a legislative special session to address racial disparities in Minnesota.

"I'm absolutely proud. No city has gotten what we've gotten in such a short amount of time," Montgomery said.

"I think Governor Dayton was willing to show more willingness to work with us and  pursue justice. I think he came to the table with more passion," Montgomery said.

Kenya McKnight, a cousin of Clark, says Clark's funeral will be Wednesday at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in north Minneapolis.

McKnight says the service will start at noon and last an hour. A visitation will be held at the church before the funeral, from 10 a.m. to noon. McKnight says both will be open to the public and media.


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