Minneapolis, USA police crackdown on #BlackLivesMatter

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 Black Lives Matter Activists Shot

24 November 2015

Black Lives Matter activists have been protesting outside of a Minneapolis, MN police station for days now following the death of Jamar Clark who was unarmed when killed by police. Armed, masked counter-protestors began showing up to the BLM protests. Today five BLM protesters were shot. Cenk Uygur, hosts of the The Young Turks, breaks it down. …

A group of suspected white supremacists fired into a crowd of Black Lives Matter activists protesting the Minneapolis police killing of Jamar Clark.

At least five people were wounded when the gunmen opened fire about 10:45 p.m. Monday at the city’s Fourth Precinct, reported the Star Tribune.

UPDATE: Emails reveal racists plotted confrontation with Black Lives Matters activists days before shooting

Police said all five victims were treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, although authorities said additional victims may have been wounded and sought treatment on their own.

Investigators have not released much information so far about the possible suspects, saying only they were seeking three white men, but protesters said they had a pretty clear idea of who fired the gunshots.

“A group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights,” said Miski Noor, a Black Lives Matter activist.

Another demonstrator said one of the three men wore a mask and stayed at the protest site since early morning Monday, taunting the protesters.”

Read more here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

United States: Police lash out as anger spreads over black killing

Saturday 5th December 2015

by Our Foreign Desk

POLICE in the US city of Minneapolis have broken up a protest camp that sprang up following the shooting of a black man by officers.

Eight protesters were arrested in the operation outside the 4th Precinct police station.

Police ordered about 50 demonstrators to disperse at about 4am on Thursday and began removing tents and equipment while firefighters extinguished campfires.

“It was time,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said at a news conference. “We have been balancing the safety needs of the precinct with the right for people to protest and have their voices be heard.”

The camp grew out of daily protests led by Black Lives Matter campaigners against the death of Jamar Clark on November 15.

Mr Clark died in hospital after he was shot in the head by police as he was being arrested for an assault.

Some witnesses said Mr Clark was already handcuffed at the moment he was shot, a charge police deny. State and federal investigations are under way.

The incident occurred as researchers revealed that charges of murder and manslaughter against police had tripled this year from five to 15, with an increase in video evidence a possible cause.

“If you take the cases with the video away, you are left with what we would expect to see over the past 10 years — about five cases,” said Bowling Green State University criminologist Philip Stinson, who compiled the statistics.

“You have to wonder if there would have been charges if there wasn’t video evidence.”

FBI TO EXPAND HOW IT TRACKS POLICE SHOOTINGS A senior FBI official called the current method a “travesty” and promised the bureau would have a better tracking system in place by 2017. [Reuters]

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