(All photos above by Chris Juhn)
Hundreds of community members and leaders gathered Friday, November 20, for a candlelight memorial vigil and march to honor Jamar Clark and others killed by police.
National NAACP President Cornell W. Brooks, NAACP Minneapolis President Nekima Levy-Pounds, local civil rights pioneer Dr. Josie Johnson, close friends and family of Clark, clergy from various faiths and others spoke at the vigil for Clark, who was shot by a Minneapolis police officer November 15 and died November 16.
The emotional and peaceful gathering capped off a week of protests, including a shutdown of I-94, and an intense stand off between police and protesters outside of the Fourth Precinct.
On Friday, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis (BLM) released a clip of a video that they say shows Jamal Clark in handcuffs after being shot by police. “You can hear the pain and trauma” in the video, BLM spokesperson Miski Noor told the MSR, adding that they are asking for more videos from community members regarding the shooting. (Warning: the video contains explicit language and graphic content)
BREAKING: VIDEO – #JamarClark in Handcuffs After Being Shot by Police https://t.co/Y6X6Qbz0fw #4thPrecinctShutDown #Justice4Jamar — Black Lives MPLS (@BlackLivesMpls) November 21, 2015
NAACP Minneapolis Communications Director Raeisha Williams told the MSR Saturday that there will be a memorial concert for Clark with the Sounds of Blackness and others outside of the Fourth Precinct Tuesday, November 24 at 5 pm. “It’s time to bring some peace and joy through music,” said Williams.
A recovery fund for Clark’s family has been set up here.
Only two of four demands by protesters have been met at this point: the names of the officer who shot Clark has been released and a federal investigation has begun. But police have not released any videos of Clark’s shooting, and the officer who shot Clark has not been charged or arrested, as requested.
On Saturday Governor Dayton released a statement outlining his involvement. Watch the video below or read his statement in full here.
Governor Mark Dayton speaks on the situation in North Minneapolis. Read here: https://t.co/NDWBUl1snx https://t.co/VqNIJXcBnc — Governor Mark Dayton (@GovMarkDayton) November 22, 2015
Below, see scenes from the vigil as shared on social media:
Vigil for Jamar Clark in Minneapolis. #Justice4Jamar #justice #reuters pic.twitter.com/SYJHSBBhkw
Vigil for Jamar Clark in Minneapolis. #Justice4Jamar #justice #reuters pic.twitter.com/SYJHSBBhkw — Brendan O’Brien (@newsobrien) November 20, 2015
Tremendous power here at #4thPrecinctShutDown pic.twitter.com/93avHl6LRd
— Ethan Fawley (@EthanFawley) November 20, 2015
Lights at vigil #4thPrecinctShutDown #Justice4Jamar pic.twitter.com/IlcC4HGIP6- ADVERTISEMENT -
— Mike Spangenberg (@MikeSpangenberg) November 20, 2015
African leaders joined #Justice4Jamar vigil @imamdukuly @akiatamba #BlackLivesMatter #AfricanLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/zjsxugS0nx
— Africanimmigrantsvc (@aisusa) November 21, 2015
Charles Hallman contributed to this report. A full report by Hallman will appear in next week’s print edition and online.
Look for more updates from the MSR as the story continues to develop.
Update: A previous version of this article listed the date for the #Justice4Jamar concert as December 1 instead of November 24. The error has been corrected.
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