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Mass Arrests After #BlackLivesMatter Protesters Shut Down Minneapolis Road

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Mass Arrests After #BlackLivesMatter Protesters Shut Down Minneapolis Road - Sputnik International
On Monday evening, 51 people were arrested in Minneapolis after shutting down a busy highway for over two hours in protest of an unarmed black man who was killed by police on Sunday.

Among those arrested were at least two reporters, one of whom was doing a live broadcast for the local Fox Affiliate as he was handcuffed.

Jamar Clark, 24, was shot in the face by a still-unnamed police officer and died on Monday after being taken off of life support. 

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"A man shot in an officer-involved shooting incident early on November 15, 2015, has died," Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement. "Jamar O'Neal Clark, 24, of Minneapolis, died Monday evening. Clark’s body has been taken to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy."

Witnesses have maintained that he was handcuffed when the single bullet was fired, though the police have stated their initial investigation has determined he was not.

Police had arrived at the scene of an assault after Midnight on Sunday morning, officers claimed that Clark was interfering with paramedics who were treating the victim, when a “scuffle” ensued.

The outrage in the community lead to protesters marching to the police department and forcing their way inside. Many protesters have been occupying the lobby of the station, refusing to leave until the officer’s name is released as well as surveillance footage.

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On Monday evening, Clark was taken off of life support and died shortly after.

Later in the evening, another group of hundreds of protesters marched onto I-94 and shut down traffic in both directions. The interstate was backed up for miles as demonstrators linked arms and refused to move.

Eventually, 43 adult protesters and 8 juveniles were arrested and charged with misdemeanors. All have since been released. 

The Minneapolis Police Department has placed the two officers involved in Clark’s death on paid leave and has requested a federal investigation into the incident.

Their police department remains occupied, and a list of demands has been released by the Black Lives Matter protesters:

1. Footage from the incident

2. An independent organization to investigate

3. Media to cover witness testimony, not just police point of view

4. Community oversight with “full disciplinary power”

5. Officers to live in the communities they serve

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