Police Clear Out Protest Camp Near Minneapolis Precinct
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officers in riot gear have broken down an encampment outside a Minneapolis precinct where protesters have been demonstrating for nearly two weeks following the fatal shooting of a black man by police.
City dump trucks carried away tents and supplies from outside the 4th Precinct early Thursday. Demonstrators headed by the local Black Lives Matter group had gathered at the site since 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot in a Nov. 15 confrontation with police. He died the next day.
Officers told about 50 demonstrators to disperse about 4 a.m. and began tearing down tents about 15 minutes later. Police spokesman Scott Seroka says there were a few arrests, but provided no details.
Neighbors upset about noise, vandalism and blocked streets around the precinct voiced their concerns at a City Council safety committee meeting Wednesday.