Protesters press for justice for all victims of police killings

Protesters hold signs honoring Jamar Clark and others outside of the Government Center Chris Juhn/MSR News

In response to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s decision to charge Officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Damond, 13 community organizations gathered for an event to demand justice for all victims of police shootings in the Twin Cities and beyond.

A child drums at the rally outside of the Hennepin County Government Center. Chris Juhn/MSR News

Around 40 people gathered for a rally at the Hennepin County Government Center Friday, March 23 where speakers took turns talking about their loved ones who died at the hands of the police.

Protesters also called out Freeman. “We need to take this attorney who will never prosecute a cop in a real way and replace him,” said Michelle Gross of Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), who called for Freeman’s ouster as county attorney.

Michelle Gross of CUAPB talks to community members police brutality in Minnesota. Chris Juhn/MSR News

Community members also talked about the Damond case and Noor. “We, as a group, reject using Noor as a scapegoat to try to justify an unjust system,” said protester Sarah Thompson. She added that she and other community members feel Noor is being prosecuted because he’s Black and Muslim.

After members of the community spoke, they marched to the Public Safety Facility where more people spoke before the crowd disbursed. The event lasted about an hour.

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