This is the first Minneapolis City Council meeting since Jamar Clark was shot by police.
Faith and community leaders come together over Clark shooting
Jon Collins, MPR News
Leaders of Minnesota’s African immigrant groups say they’re united behind the NAACP’s calls for transparency and justice in the investigation of the police shooting death of Jamar Clark.
“We are concerned about the situation,” Abdullah Kiatamba, executive director of the group African Immigrant Services told reporters Friday. Group leaders said they support calls from Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and the NAACP for state investigators to release video footage collected of the shooting.
Officials say they won’t do that until after their investigation is complete.
Kiatamba said people should go to today’s 4:30 p.m. vigil led by the national NAACP leadership but urged peaceful protest. Larger concerns, including economic disparities and structural racism, are intensifying the tension over the shooting, he added.
He acknowledged African immigrants groups and African-American organizations haven’t always worked in tandem and said this was an effort to “start a new page” in the relationship.
“Their problems are our problems. Their challenges are our challenges. Their aspirations are our aspirations,” he said.
Man killed in police shooting tried to escape troubled past
Jamar Clark had been trying to escape a troubled past that followed him much of his life and now hangs over his death.
Clark was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after an altercation early Sunday morning. But police union representatives point to Clark's criminal history as proof that he was a bad actor, and they contend he was reaching for an officer's gun when he was shot.
Protesters, family and friends say his troubled past is no excuse for his death. Clark spent more than three years in prison for an aggravated robbery charge.
Tim Hoag gave Clark a job at his trucking company this year. Hoag says Clark was a great employee. He echoed family members' sentiments that Clark was trying to turn his life around.
Mpls students walk out of school to protest
Riham Feshir, MPR News
About 100 Minneapolis middle school students walked out of school to join protesters Friday outside the 4th Precinct.
Anwatin Middle School students met in the gym to talk about events surrounding the officer-involved shooting of Jamar Clark and some 6th- through 8th-graders chose to leave, said Michael Goar, interim Minneapolis schools superintendent.
"Certainly I'm not looking for kids to be out in the street protesting," he said. "I'd rather have our kids in our building and for us to provide a safe venue for them to express their concerns."
Officers' records: No complaints against Ringgenberg; one closed against SchwarzeBrandt Williams, MPR News
A records summary released Friday by the Minneapolis Police Department shows no complaints lodged through the department's internal affairs unit against Officer Mark Ringgenberg.
Officer Dustin Schwarze has one open internal affairs query and one case listed as closed with no discipline. The officers were involved in the Jamar Clark shooting.
Hodges, Dayton, NAACP talks discuss 'big picture,' no demands
Riham Feshir, MPR News
Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges met for about two hours Friday with NAACP national leaders. The meeting is over. The only comment came from Hodges who called it a "big picture conversation about police-community relationships."
She said the discussion focused on "what's happening and what's possible. It wasn't a conversation about,'This is what we demand.'"
Those NAACP leaders are set to lead a vigil in north Minneapolis starting at 4:30 p.m.
Mpls. cops warn of possible 'disturbance' at evening vigil
MPR News Staff
The Minneapolis Police Department says its received information "that a group may attempt to cause a disturbance this evening" in front of the 4th Precinct station, the scene of days of protest and where NAACP national leaders are expected to lead a vigil tonight.
The department offered no other information but asked "gathered demonstrators to be vigilant and report any actions that may seem out of the ordinary."
Earlier today, the group Black Lives Matter said they believe white supremacists were in the protest crowd Thursday night and warned they may return tonight to the precinct demonstration.