Man Convicted of Shooting Minneapolis Protesters
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is vowing to seek "the stiffest possible sentence" for a Minnesota man convicted of shooting and wounding five protesters outside a Minneapolis police station.
Freeman said his office is pleased that the jury on Wednesday found 24-year-old Allen Scarsella guilty of assault and riot charges.
Freeman says prosecutors charged Scarsella with "the most serious possible charge that the evidence allowed," and argued successfully for high bail to keep Scarsella off the street.
Scarsella, who is white, argued he acted in self-defense after he was confronted by demonstrators protesting the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police in 2015. Five black men suffered injuries ranged from leg, arm and foot to stomach and back wounds.