Marchers demand prosecution of police

Published 10:17 am Monday, December 21, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Protesters have marched to downtown Minneapolis to demand the prosecution of police involved in the shooting death of a black man last month.

The Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar Clark held the rally Saturday. Demonstrators stopped at the site where 24-year-old Jamar Clark was fatally shot in north Minneapolis before marching to the Hennepin County Government Center plaza.

Michael McDowell of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis told protesters that the recent 18-day occupation of the Fourth Precinct headquarters helped change police-community relations.

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Authorities say Clark was shot during a struggle with police responding to an assault. Some who saw the incident claim Clark was handcuffed when shot.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis plans to rally Wednesday at the Mall of America to protest Clark’s shooting.

Mall of America seeks restraining order to stop protest

ST. PAUL — The Mall of America is taking legal action in an attempt to prevent a protest by the Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter.

The group says it will rally at the mall Wednesday to protest the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man who died after he was shot by Minneapolis police last month. But the mall is private property and doesn’t allow protests.

The Mall of America is seeking a temporary restraining order that would bar the group from protesting. It also wants the group to post a message on social media saying the protest is canceled.

In a statement early Monday, Black Lives Matter organizers said they have no plans to halt the demonstration unless authorities meet their demands, which include releasing video of Clark’s shooting.