Anti-police graffiti removed in Minneapolis

Graffiti clean up and rally at 4th Precinct

MINNEAPOLIS -- Workers have painted over anti-police graffiti on a Minneapolis police station where protesters have gathered for days over the death of Jamar Clark.

The graffiti was removed Saturday morning as protesters watched.

The police station had been spray-painted with Clark's name and anti-police profanity. It's not clear who made the markings.

They were on the Fourth Precinct, where protesters have set up tents, fire pits and stools. It's just blocks from where Clark was shot early Sunday after police responded to an assault complaint.

Early Saturday afternoon, union leaders spoke at a rally in Minneapolis in support of activists protesting the shooting death of Clark.

Several dozen people attended the rally in cold weather to show solidarity with protesters who have been camped out all week.

One speaker, Alanna Galloway of the Communication Workers of America, says civil rights are workers' rights.

Kyle Edwards of AFSCME Local 3800, representing University of Minnesota clerical workers, says working class people are becoming aware that "we're all in this together."

Longtime Minneapolis civil rights activist Mel Reeves told The Associated Press that protesters want the police involved in the shooting prosecuted. Clark was shot by a police officer in what authorities say was a scuffle. Some community members allege Clark was handcuffed, but police dispute that.


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