A search is under way for three white men who allegedly shot five people protesting about the fatal
police shooting of a black man in Minneapolis.
None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the incident on Monday night, which involved three masked men, according to
Regular protests have taken place since Jamar Clark was shot by police 10 days ago. Police deny
he was handcuffed.
Protesters are calling on police to release video of that shooting.
The shooting of the five protesters happened about a block from a Minneapolis police station that has
been the site of demonstrations for about a week.
A witness told the Associated Press news agency that three mask-clad people, who “weren’t
supposed to be there”, showed up at the protest site.
They soon left and were followed by a few protesters to a street corner, where the masked men began firing.
No suspects are in custody, and police are interviewing witnesses and conducting a search.
The shooting on Monday has prompted Clark’s brother to call for an end to the protests “out of
imminent concern for the safety of the occupiers”.
Black Lives Matter, the movement organising the protest, had planned to announce “next steps” in their protest strategy. It is not clear if the
announcement will happen in light of the shooting.
Police said that Clark was the suspect in an assault case, and was shot during a struggle with police that followed him trying to interfere with paramedics tending to the assault victim.
Protesters have alleged that Clark was handcuffed when he was shot – a claim that police deny.
A federal investigation is also being conducted to determine whether police intentionally violated Clark’s civil rights during the incident.
The shooting and protests in Minneapolis are the latest in a series of similar incidents that have taken place across the US.
The incidents have fuelled a months-long national debate over police use of force, especially against black people.