Clark funeral set, protests continue

Minneapolis PD precinct protest continues

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ron Edwards has lived in north Minneapolis long enough to know the anger boiling over Plymouth Avenue over the past week is not unprecedented.

"Forty seven years ago we had something much more volatile than this," said Ron Edwards, a long-time north Minneapolis resident and civil rights activist. "This situation probably comes in number-two to what happened 47 years ago."

The events of July 1967 contained much more than bad actors throwing rocks at police. Racial tensions boiled into riots. Four Plymouth Avenue businesses burned to the ground.

"It was 47 years ago. Most folk weren't even around. But it happened. The National Guard came in. The city was put under a state of emergency – martial law," Edwards said.

Edwards doesn't anticipate the protests outside the 4th Precinct taking a turn like that.

He admits though, disagreeing with the protesters demanding investigators release all the video evidence immediately.

"We could be here this time next year," Edwards said.

In age, Edwards says he's learned the system moves slowly. He's been disappointed with the results more than once.

But in this case, he patiently awaits the answers to the same questions all the protesters are asking.

"I'm looking forward to the evidence," Edwards said. "This young man deserves the most accurate of information and evidence."

Meantime, funeral plans are set for Jamar Clark, whose fatal shooting by Minneapolis police has sparked the protests.
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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