Thanksgiving at 4th Precinct protest

Thanksgiving at 4th Precinct protests

MINNEAPOLIS - On Minneapolis' north side, many people are observing the holiday as they continue to protest outside the police department's fourth precinct.

They've been there for nearly two weeks after police shot and killed Jamar Clark. Police have said Clark was involved in an assault, and at the time was hindering police at the scene.

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

"We're all here to show that this community is bigger than anything else. This community is bigger than the police," said Oluchi Omeoga of St. Paul.

They set up a large tent in the middle of Plymouth Avenue where protesters have been for the last 11 days.

"A lot of it we were able to provide because of donations. There were churches and mosques that definitely donated food. People have prepared food in their homes and brought it here to share. So really from the community," said Black Lives Matter spokeswoman Miski Noor.

People of all races brought food.

And people of all races came to eat.

"You know, I had a choice to be elsewhere, but there is no other place I'd rather be," said Adrian Thompson of Minneapolis.

While some express their commitment to occupying the front of the police precinct - and the reasons they came in the first place.

"When everybody wants to go home, I'm going to still be out here. Because I have my own agenda. I got justice for a lot of people," said one man who's been protesting every day.

That, despite calls from leaders at the Minneapolis Urban League and Congressman Keith Ellison to pack it up and move on to the next step.

"In regard to 'we need to move on. We need to just let this go.' Hey Keith, hey Urban League -- where you guys at now? You ain't out here," Pastor Jayme Ali of God of All Truth Church said.

Still many emotions in the encampment on the day the give thanks.

"It's kind of like a celebration that we have in the community. So we can all say that's why we're here. We're building community. We're building each other up," said Omeoga.


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