Five Injured at Minneapolis Protest Against Police Violence

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Written by Ethan M. Long

Police have arrested one suspect and are looking for three more white males suspected of shooting into a crowd at a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis late monday night, injuring five.

Earlier this month, 24-year-old Jamar Clark was killed during an altercation with Minneapolis Police Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze after he was allegedly struggling with an emergency worker who was working with the victim of an assault.

While the police union has stated that Clark reached for one of the officers’ guns, witnesses report he was laying on the ground cuffed when he was shot in the head.

Throughout this week, protesters demanded answers. At 10:40 p.m. last night, multiple shots were heard a block from the city’s 4th Precinct. Fortunately, all of the wounded are expected to survive.

The white male assailants have been identified as white supremacists by witnesses at the protest.

According to a press statement by the Minneapolis Police Department, “A 23 year old white male was taken into custody in the City of Bloomington in relation to this case. His name will be released upon charging. The search for additional suspects continues.”

Unicorn Riot, a “a volunteer-operated decentralized media collective comprised of multimedia artists and journalists.” was on scene livestreaming the protests as well as the aftermath. Their livestream channel has multiple interviews with witnesses of the terror attack.

They write on their blog that the incident occurred after four men were “asked to reveal their faces or leave.” Being asked to leave, the men then started throwing slurs at the protesters, causing a group to escort them to their car.

“The men opened fire as they reached their vehicle, shooting around 8 bullets that struck a total of five people; it’s reported that all victims have non-life-threatening injuries, one took a bullet in the stomach, a few in the leg, and one in the arm,” Unicorn Riot reports, also pointing out that the police allegedly taunted protesters.

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A post by Communities United Against Police Brutality, which also pointed out the taunting, noted that the “cops added to the mayhem by pepper spraying people while they waited for the ambulance.”

Earlier in the week, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis posted a video on their Facebook page of two men who they call white supremacists, and who allegedly threatened protesters with a pistol.

E-mails from the men who in the video posted on Pastebin link them as users of the 4Chan board /k/, a pro-gun forum. The Facebook post warns attendees of the protest to watch out for them, who “say they will be wearing the ‘4 of clubs’ to identify one another.’” A thread on /k/ discussing the shooting has expired.

While post on social media have used their images and called them out as the shooters, it is important to remember that the terrorists have still yet to be identified.

Wondering if a h3 header belongs here, as the focus shifts — the first half reads like a news piece the second more toward op ed. (Of course if this is solved with headers the piece prob needs more of them).

Biggest terror threat to Americans

While the focus of the media remains on ISIS and politicians’ and Americans’ surrounding xenophobia about Syrian refugees, this shooting is a solemn reminder of the greatest terror threat to America: the white male. In June, the New America Foundation released the data of a study examining violent extremist groups. What they found was that since 9/11, white supremacists had murdered almost double the amount of civilians than jihadis have: 48 to 26.

Yet to call these assailants “terrorists” has been somewhat taboo for politicians and the mainstream media. Some, such as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have called it out for what it is.

“We’ve had individual crazy people, normally, they look more like me than they look like Middle Easterners — they are generally white males — who have shot up people in movie theaters and schools,” Sen. Brown said just last Thursday. “Those are terrorist attacks, they’re just different kinds of terrorists.”

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings voiced similar concerns on Saturday, telling MSNBC that  “I am more fearful of large gatherings of white men that come into schools, theaters and shoot people up, but we don’t isolate young white men on this issue.”

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Salon writer Chauncey Devega wrote today that “The appeal and power of old-fashioned, overt and transparent white racism is growing in the United States. The prime example of this phenomenon is the rise of Donald Trump, but the GOP front-runner is but one data point in a longer trend.”

By not acting, and by supporting GOP candidates who call for the blockage of Syrian refugees instead of identifying and tackling problems at home, much of America seems delusional. That is one reason why the Black Lives Matter protests are so important: America needs to learn that terror is in their neighborhoods. They need to see and hear the names of those whose lives have been taken away. They need to learn that black lives matter as much as the lives of those murdered in Paris and Belgium. Extremism takes many forms, from all angles — if focus is only on one specific part of it, then the battle is already lost.

Minneapolis Police are urging anyone with information about the shooting last night to please call 612-692-TIPS (8477).



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Ethan Long is a journalist based out of Boston, MA.

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I agree with the comment inserted halfway through the article. The first half is very strong journalism, but the second half takes away from its credibility.

Not saying it is wrong, there is nothing in there that I disagree with, but I believe you will have more repeat visitors if the two halves are kept way separate. Like on different pages. Or a heavy copy edit.

I think the wisdom that applies most here is that you need to leave it to the reader to make these decisions.

Or totally ignore me, I am just another older community college student 🙂

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