Day 17 of protests at 4th Precinct: What we know

MINNEAPOLIS – Protests over the fatal officer-involved shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark are ongoing, as demonstrators call for justice outside the Fourth Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Since the protests began Sunday, Nov. 15, there have been numerous press conferences, rallies and an ever-changing scene outside the precinct.

Here's what we know, so far.

SUNDAY, NOV. 15

-- Around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, two Minneapolis Police officers responded to a call for assistance on the 1600 block of Plymouth Avenue North, in regards to a man who was interfering with paramedics on the scene of an assault.

-- Officers arrived to find Jamar ONeal Clark, 24, at the scene. While officers attempted to restrain Clark, a struggle ensued.

-- At some point, an officer fired his gun at Clark, hitting him once in the head. Clark was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center.

-- Later that day, protesters with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and the Minneapolis NAACP organized a march for justice for Jamar Clark from where the shooting took place to the Fourth Precinct of the police department. Leaders with the group claimed Clark was unarmed and handcuffed when he was shot by police. They demanded a federal investigation, counseling for witnesses to the shooting and for any video of the incident to be released.

-- Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau held a listening session Sunday evening to address concerns from the community.

MONDAY, NOV. 16

-- Protesters camped out overnight at the Fourth Precinct, pitching tents in the surrounding areas and "occupying" the entrance/vestibule of the station. They blocked vehicles from coming into or out of the precinct's parking lot.

-- Black Lives Matter held a press conference, demanding surveillance video of the shooting be released, the identities of the officers involved and calling for more supporters to come occupy the Fourth Precinct.

-- The family of Jamar Clark made the decision to remove him from life support. He died Monday night.

-- Mayor Betsy Hodges requests a federal civil rights investigation in addition to the state investigation already underway.

-- Clark's family said he was trying to get his life together after a troubled past, including an aggravated robbery conviction in 2010 (which put him behind bars for 41 months) and a terroristic threats conviction earlier this year. (A domestic abuse no contact order was issued in that case.)

-- Protesters marched onto Interstate 94, shutting down traffic for hours. After a standoff with police, 41 people were arrested – 34 adults and eight juveniles. Frustrated drivers voiced complaints to the protest.

TUESDAY, NOV. 17

-- The BCA announces they will not be releasing any videos of the shooting until their investigation is complete. They say they have received several videos, but none show the entire incident.

-- The BCA also states no dash cam or body cam video was taken of the incident.

-- At the press conference, the BCA does not give any information about the woman involved in the initial assault. They say she knew Clark but would not give details about her whereabouts or the events that led to the assault.

-- Protesters remain in the entrance and the surrounding areas of the Fourth Precinct.

-- Federal agencies agree to launch a civil right investigation into Clark's death.

-- The Hennepin County Medical Examiner releases their report, stating Clark died from a single gunshot wound to the head and listing the manner of death as "homicide."

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18

-- The two officers involved in the shooting of Jamar Clark are identified as officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze.

-- The officers involved tell the BCA that Clark grabbed the hand grip of the officer's gun while it was in the holster and that he was never handcuffed in the incident.

-- Minneapolis Police storm the Fourth Precinct and reclaim the entrance to the building, taking protesters by surprise. One person is arrested after throwing a bottle at police.

-- Chief Janee Harteau tells the media it was her decision to remove protesters from the entrance of the precinct.

-- A coalition of activists holds a press conference to announce a list of demands, where Jamar Clark's sister speaks – and asks for justice and peace.

-- Tensions mount between nearly 400 protesters and police as night falls – bottles, rocks and bricks are thrown at police, who respond with a chemical irritant sprayed at the crowd.

THURSDAY, NOV. 19

-- The Minneapolis NAACP calls for respect from the Minneapolis Police Department, alleges violence against unarmed protesters and calls for long-term reform of the department.

-- Chief Janee Harteau lists the damages caused by Wednesday night's protests, saying they were likely at the hands of activists, not peaceful protesters. Among the violence, she said three Molotov cocktails were thrown at police officers overnight.

-- The head of the Minneapolis Police Union, Lt. Bob Kroll, reiterates Clark was not handcuffed during the incident, says he reached for an officer's gun and blames Clark for the outcome of Sunday's incident. He says he's confident the officers involved will be cleared of any wrongdoing.

-- Protests continue for a fifth day, with a rally at the Fourth Precinct. Rep. Keith Ellison speaks out after a photo surfaces of his son at the protest, with a gun pointed at him by Minneapolis Police.

FRIDAY, NOV. 20

-- Police say two people outside the Fourth Precinct were arrested for graffiti on the building that contained profane language. A man was also arrested for ramming his vehicle into the gate to the precinct's parking lot.

-- A small protest at the Minneapolis City Council meeting results in three people being escorted out of the building by police.

-- A meeting between the national and local members of the NAACP, Gov. Mark Dayton and Mayor Betsy Hodges takes place at the Governor's Residence at 1 p.m.

-- National NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks joined activists from the Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and community leaders for a Friday night vigil in memory of Jamar Clark.

SATURDAY, NOV. 21

-- A night of calm demonstrations on the city's north side was put on edge for a short period of time early Saturday when city crews and police officers showed up with cement barriers to reroute traffic.

-- Workers paint over anti-police graffiti at the Minneapolis police station where protesters have gathered for days.

-- Gov. Dayton meets with Jamar Clark's family, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and Congressman Keith Ellison.

SUNDAY, NOV. 22

-- Family announces Clark's funeral will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis at Noon. A visitation will be held at the church beginning at 10 a.m.

-- 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.

MONDAY, NOV. 23

-- Gov. Mark Dayton says he's seen video recorded on the night Jamar Clark was shot, but that the footage is inconclusive. Nekima Levy-Pounds, the head of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP says the governor's comments about video from the night of Jamar Clark's shooting reinforce the public's need to see the footage for themselves and draw their own conclusions.

-- Black Lives Matter Minneapolis announced plans for a march at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Fourth Precinct to City Hall, the Hennepin County Courthouse and the federal courthouse. A memorial concert is planned for Tuesday evening. A food and clothing drive is planned for Wednesday. Organizers plan a community Thanksgiving on Thursday. On Friday, some sort of disruption is planned for Black Friday shoppers. One organizer wouldn't disclose the details to KARE 11, but said it would not happen at the Mall of America.

-- Five people were shot near the Fourth Precinct protest, late Monday night. Police say they were gathering information and searching for three white men. Protesters at the scene said they had no plans to stop the demonstrations, despite the shooting. Of the five people who were shot, all suffered non-life threatening injuries. Two were transported to the hospital via ambulance, three other victims made it to the hospital in private vehicles.

-- The brother of Jamar Clark issued a statement calling for an end to the protests at the Fourth Precinct, for the safety of the occupiers.

TUESDAY, NOV. 24

-- Minneapolis Police announced they have three men in custody in connection to the shooting at the Fourth Precinct protest. Police say a 23-year-old white man was taken into custody in Bloomington, around 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday. Around 2:30 p.m., two white men, ages 21 and 26, turned themselves into police. Charges are pending.

-- Saying they "will not bow to fear or intimidation," leaders of Black Lives Matter announced Tuesday that demonstrators are recommitting to the so-called occupation of the Fourth Precinct. Protesters marched from the Fourth Precinct to City Hall, the county courthouse as well as the federal courthouse. However, late Tuesday, the Minneapolis Urban League released a statement stating the protests must come to an end.

-- Cameron Clark, Jamar Clark's cousin and victim of Monday's shooting, returned to the Fourth Precinct protests Tuesday night. "I'm hurting, my community needs me. I need them, and I'm not going to lay down," he told KARE 11.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25

-- Minneapolis Police revealed a fourth person, a 27-year-old man, is being held in connection to the shooting. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office asked for and was granted more time to file charges agains the four men connected to the shooting. It now has until noon Monday to file charges.

-- Several hundred people turned out for the funeral of Jamar Clark. Bishop Richard Howell praised protesters for pressure that he said helped get a federal civil rights investigation and the names of the officers involved. He added Clark's death will not be in vain.

-- Rep. Keith Ellison released a statement calling for an end to the Fourth Precinct protests.

THURSDAY, NOV. 26

-- As snowflakes fall on the encampment in front of the 4th Precinct, protesters, neighbors, and volunteers share a Thanksgiving meal they say is helping build community.

FRIDAY, NOV. 27

-- A quiet day at the Fourth Precinct. Some demonstrators joined others fighting for better wages outside the downtown Minneapolis Macy's while others remained at the encampment. Despite rumors of a #BlackFriday shutdown, protesters stayed out of major malls for one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

SATURDAY, NOV. 28

-- The Twin Cities' local East African community says they're standing together for Jamar Clark.

SUNDAY, NOV. 29

-- Fire Chief John Fruetel met with protesters camped out at a north Minneapolis police station to discuss concerns about the growing campfires there and emergency access to the site.

-- More than 100 people gathered outside the Fourth Precinct in north Minneapolis Sunday morning to pray together.

MONDAY, NOV. 30

-- Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, along with Rep. Keith Ellison and other community members, called for an end to the occupation of the Fourth Precinct. In a press conference, Hodges cited safety concerns while others, including Ellison, urged protesters to move on.

-- Four men were charged in the shooting that injured five protesters near the Fourth Precinct. Twenty-three-year-old Allen Lawrence Scarsella, of Lakeville, was identified as the gunman and was charged with one count of riot while armed with a dangerous weapon and five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Four other men face riot charges.

-- In response, the Minneapolis NAACP and Black Lives Matter held a press conference to make it clear, they would not be going anywhere. They said they still have a list of demands that need to be met.

TUESDAY, DEC. 1

-- Minneapolis City Hall served as a pulpit Tuesday as clergy members and leaders in the Twin Cities faith community camped out in the rotunda to support Black Lives Matter protesters.

 

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