200 gather in Minneapolis to honor Jamar Clark on third anniversary of his death
About 200 people gathered on a north Minneapolis street Thursday evening to mark the third anniversary of the shooting death of Jamar Clark.
The crowd huddled around a makeshift memorial of candles, flowers and teddy bears next to the spot where Clark was killed during a confrontation with two city police officers in 2015.
Several people spoke, including Clarks mother, Irma, who said: Its been three years, and the crowds keep getting bigger and bigger.
As a steady rain began to fall, the group marched several blocks down Plymouth Avenue to the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, stopping briefly to project messages onto the police station next door.
Once there, they disrupted a meeting by Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison a photo of whom, raising his hands as a police officer pointed a weapon at him, became one of the iconic images of the Fourth Precinct Occupation in 2015.
The marchers took turns speaking into a microphone, accusing the activist-turned-council member of failing to hold accountable officers who have used deadly force and decrying a proposal to move the precinct station.
Ellison tried to respond several times but was shouted down.
I get that what youre doing is very important, but the death of Jamar Clark changed the City Council, one protester said.
The demonstration ended with the group reciting a line by Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army who was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper in 1973.
Ellison joined in, raising a clenched fist, and later spoke with and hugged several of the protesters.
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