Police in North Minneapolis are reporting that five protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement were shot by White supremacists last night. Witnesses have stated that three White men, one wearing a mask, showed up to counter-protest. The unidentified men began taunting the protesters near their encampment. When members of the Black Lives Matter movement tried to move them away from the area, the men opened fire hitting five people. One victim was shot in the stomach and the other victims suffered gunshot wounds to back, arms and legs. The Minneapolis Police Department stated on its Twitter feed that they are looking for three White male suspects.
The Black Lives Matter members had gathered to protest the fatal police shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15. Since the shooting Minneapolis has been on edge and Gov. Mark Dayton has requested the Department of Justice to investigate the shooting of Clark. In addition, Gov. Dayton has called for a special session of the Minnesota Legislature to address the racial disparities in North Minneapolis and elsewhere in Minnesota.
The #4thPrecinctShutdown has exploded across social media in the wake of the killing of Clark by police. Now, with the act of domestic terrorism that occurred last night, Black Lives Matter protesters have increased their resolve to focus attention on the killing of Jamar Clark.