Black Lives Matter protesters are usually portrayed as the victims.
But in the latest video footage of a Minnesota protest, it appears that police officers were the victims of hatred and bigotry.
Members of the group were caught taunting police officers in Minneapolis after taking to the streets following a decision in Hennepin County, Minn., to not charge two police officers in the shooting death of Jamar Clarke on March 30.
In the footage, dissenters can be heard screaming “You scared? Shoot!” at law enforcement.
They continued provoking: “See this. See this?” he said as he flipped police officers off, “wave it! We right here!”
The demonstration arose after policemen were not charged in the fatal shooting of Clarke. The officers were exonerated by prosecutors due to testimony that Clarke had tried to grab the officers’ guns, and they feared for their lives.
Clarke died a day after he was shot by police and waves of protests shook the Minneapolis area with an 18-day sit-in right outside the area’s police department.
Watch the full video here:
Via BizPac Review
Protesters returned to the Hennepin County Government Center on Friday to denounce County Attorney Mike Freeman’s decision not to charge the Minneapolis police officers involved in Jamar Clark’s death.
More than 60 protesters gathered at noon to hear short speeches in the atrium and marched through the skyways chanting. It was the 10th consecutive weekly protest by the group, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar.
“We’re here today because we want prosecution of the police,” said Mel Reeves, an organizer with the coalition. “Prosecute the police by any means necessary.”
Reeves emphasized the new language — “prosecute by any means necessary” — the group is using in response to Freeman’s decision not to charge officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze.
Schwarze shot Clark in the head Nov. 15 as Clark scuffled with Ringgenberg outside a north Minneapolis apartment building.
The group had previously pressed Freeman to forgo the grand jury process and make his own decision on charges.
Freeman ultimately chose not to present the case to a grand jury. He announced on March 30 that he would not charge the officers because the shooting was deemed justifiable, saying DNA evidence showed Clark had his hand on an officer’s weapon.
But people protesting Friday said they were not satisfied. Speakers at the rally also criticized the Star Tribune’s coverage of Clark’s death and Freeman’s decision.
James Hill, Jamar Clark’s father, addressed the group after the march.
“We want some justice,” he said. “I’m looking for some justice for my son, you know, for his mama. But I believe at the end, we’re going to win.”
Via Star Tribune