Marching for Jamar

Jacob Ladda leads the marchers in chants during the Justice 4 Jamar march on Saturday.  Credit: Photos by Annabelle Marcovicci
Jacob Ladda leads the marchers in chants during the Justice 4 Jamar march on Saturday. Credit: Photos by Annabelle Marcovicci

Hundreds of people joined a march from the 4th Precinct to downtown Minneapolis on Saturday to reiterate demands related to the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark.

The “Justice 4 Jamar” march and unity rally was organized by a coalition of community members.

The group is demanding prosecution of the officer who killed Clark; no grand jury pending the outcome of the investigation; release of tapes from the scene when Clark was shot; federal domestic terrorism charges against the suspects who shot five protesters near the 4th precinct; and community control and oversight of the police department.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis held another demonstration Dec. 23 at the Mall of America. Protesters then moved on to the light rail and airport.

A Hennepin County judge issued an order Tuesday afternoon banning three Black Lives Matter Minneapolis leaders from demonstrating at the Mall of America. However, Hennepin County Judge Karen Janisch ruled that there is no legal authority to issue a restraining order against Black Lives Matter as an organization since there was no evidence submitted establishing it as a legal entity that can be sued. However, the ruling went on to say that shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that others have permission to demonstrate at the mall without the owners’ permission.

The FBI and state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Clark, 24, near the 4th Precinct on Nov. 15. He was shot in the head and died the next day at HCMC.

Witnesses and police offer different accounts of the incident. Witnesses say Clark was handcuffed when he was shot. Police, meanwhile, say he wasn’t handcuffed and was interfering with paramedics treating the victim of a domestic assault.