The Latest: DOJ representatives attend Minneapolis protest

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Posted: Nov 25, 2015 11:27 PM
The Latest: DOJ representatives attend Minneapolis protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice have heard from activists camped outside a Minneapolis police station to protest the killing of a black man by city police.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, head of the Minneapolis NAACP, urged protesters to speak their minds Wednesday night.

Activist Emmanuel Kandolo says it makes him sick that it doesn't feel like police are protecting him.

The 18-year-old says he is "a black man, and they are shooting men exactly like me."

A member of the federal group identified his office as the department's Community Relations Service. He declined to comment to The Associated Press.

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8:45 p.m.

Court documents indicate a suspect called an old high school friend who is a Mankato police officer and confessed to shooting five people at a protest against the killing of a black man by Minneapolis police.

The Star Tribune reported Wednesday night that the confession was described in an application for a search warrant filed in Hennepin County court.

The documents say the 23-year-old suspect, who is white, told the officer that he and some friends went to the protest to livestream it when the altercation broke out, leading to the shooting.

Authorities raided the man's Bloomington home and seized a dozen weapons. The man and three other men are in custody. Prosecutors have gotten more time to file charges.

The Associated Press is not naming the man because he has not formally been charged.

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8:15 p.m.

Activists camped outside of a police station to protest the killing of a black man by Minneapolis police have a quiet night planned out of respect for the man's family.

Mica Grimm of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis says the family of Jamar Clark has asked for no large-scale demonstrations because of Clark's funeral Wednesday.

More than 150 people are gathered in front of the police station, talking and eating around campfires. About 35 activists gathered in a circle around a fire to talk about what keeps them going.

Grimm says organizers have a large Thanksgiving meal planned for Thursday.

Cameron Clark was hit in the leg and foot in a shooting that injured five protesters Monday night. Clark was using crutches and says he will keep pushing for justice for his cousin, Jamar.

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3:50 p.m.

Law enforcement officials say Minneapolis police have a fourth person in custody in the shootings of five Black Lives Matter protesters but that a decision on whether to file charges won't come before Monday.

Police said Wednesday they had taken a 27-year-old man into custody. Police announced a day earlier that three men — ages 26, 23 and 21 — were in custody. Police say three of the men are white and one is Asian.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says prosecutors were granted an extension to consider charges in the case, but that no decision would be made before Monday.

The protesters were shot after they confronted several people near the north side police precinct that has been the site of demonstrations since police fatally shot 24-year-old Jamar Clark. None of the protesters suffered life-threatening injuries.

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This story has been corrected to correct racial descriptions of the men in custody.

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3:15 p.m.

The funeral procession for a black man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police has gone past the police station where activists protesting his death have been camped out for days.

Vehicles in the procession from Jamar Clark's funeral service to a cemetery honked their horns as they went past the protesters, who shouted "Justice for Jamar" in return.

The 24-year-old Clark died in what police say was a scuffle with officers responding to an assault in which he was a suspect. Some community members allege he was handcuffed, which police dispute.

His funeral earlier Wednesday attracted hundreds of people.

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2:15 p.m.

Several hundred people have turned out for the funeral of a Minneapolis man killed in a confrontation with police, cheering and applauding speakers who said Jamar Clark's death would not be in vain.

Bishop Richard Howell praised protesters for pressure that he said helped get a federal civil rights investigation and the names of the officers involved.

Howell told mourners during Wednesday's funeral that what's needed now is a special state legislative session to address the needs of Minnesota's minority community. To a standing ovation, Howell said: "Jamar, your life did and does have purpose."

The 24-year-old Clark died in what police say was a scuffle with officers responding to an assault in which he was a suspect. Some community members allege he was handcuffed, which police dispute.

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12:50 p.m.

Another rally is planned to mark the death of a Minneapolis man who was killed in a confrontation with police, despite pleas from some community members to avoid such actions on the day of his funeral.

Pastor Jayme Ali of God of All Truth Church says protesters will hold what she called an "emergency rally" on Wednesday at the city's north side police precinct near where 24-year-old Jamar Clark died.

Ali spoke outside the church hosting Clark's funeral. She says protesters respect the family's wishes but aren't going anywhere "until we get justice for Jamar Clark."

Some community members also say it's time for a protesters' encampment to shut down.

Protesters have demanded that authorities release video of Clark's death. Ali noted that it took more than a year before Chicago officials on Tuesday released footage of the police shooting death of a black teenager. She says Minneapolis protesters will stay "even if it takes 400 days."

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9:45 a.m.

Some community leaders are calling for peace on the day of the funeral for a black man killed by Minneapolis police.

Family members of 24-year-old Jamar Clark also asked for no protests on Wednesday as he is laid to rest. Some relatives called for an end to demonstrations altogether, after five protesters were shot Monday.

Steven Belton, Interim President of the Minneapolis Urban League, says demonstrators camping at the local police precinct have already achieved much of what they wanted, including the names of the officers involved and a federal investigation.

Belton says the vigil must end and that it's time to allow investigations to take their course.

Clark was shot Nov. 15 after a struggle with police. Some who say they saw the shooting insist Clark was handcuffed, but police dispute that.

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6:55 a.m.

The family of a black man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police are preparing to lay him to rest.

Funeral services for 24-year-old Jamar Clark will be held at noon Wednesday at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in north Minneapolis. A visitation will be held at the church for two hours before the funeral. Both are open to the public.

Clark was shot on Nov. 15 during what police said was a struggle. Some who say they saw the shooting allege Clark was handcuffed when he was shot, but police have disputed that. Two investigations — one by the state and one by federal authorities — are underway.

Clark's funeral comes two days after shots were fired at protesters, leaving five with injuries that are not life-threatening.