The Latest: Hundreds remain at Minneapolis protest site

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Posted: Nov 25, 2015 12:30 AM
The Latest: Hundreds remain at Minneapolis protest site

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):

11 p.m.

Hundreds of people remain at a protest outside a police station in north Minneapolis after the conclusion of an earlier concert.

Those gathered at the 4th Precinct late Tuesday were talking, piling up firewood, eating pizza and doughnuts, and drinking coffee. A concert wrapped up around 10 p.m.

The building has been the site of ongoing protests since the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15. A night earlier, five people were shot nearby. The victims' injuries were not life-threatening, and police said three suspects are in custody.

Among those gathered Tuesday night was U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison. He said the mood Tuesday night there was good.

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8:45 p.m.

A mostly calm concert and protest in Minneapolis over the killing of a black man by a city police officer grew tense for a moment when a man jumped over a barrier and was detained by an officer.

Police had kept a low profile during the Tuesday night gathering at the department's 4th Precinct. But when the man hopped over the barrier, an officer hauled him inside. A crowd then swarmed the barricade and shouted at several officers. Eventually, the crowd turned its attention back to the stage. Speakers urged attendees to stay peaceful.

The precinct has been the scene of continual protests for over a week since police fatally shot 24-year-old Jamar Clark.

A day earlier, five people were shot at the same site. Three suspects are in custody.

Tuesday was Eric Collum's first visit to the protest.

The 27-year-old St. Paul man said, "Somebody told me they wanted white allies so I came down."

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7:45 p.m.

Several hundred people are gathering outside for a concert following their march on Minneapolis City Hall to protest the killing of a black man by a city police officer.

The concert is outside the Fourth Precinct police office in north Minneapolis. The station has been the scene of continual protests for over a week since police fatally shot 24-year-old Jamar Clark.

The diverse crowd includes a number of children. The crowd is listening to hip-hop music and soul classics such as "A Change Is Gonna Come."

Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds fired up the crowd, saying: "We ain't scared. We can't back down. We ain't turning around, but we're here fighting for justice."

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6 p.m.

Police in Minneapolis say they have released one man, but two others have turned themselves in as they investigate the overnight shooting of five Black Lives Matter protesters.

The two are identified as two white men, ages 26 and 21.

That means three people are now in custody in the shootings that happened at a north side police precinct that has been besieged since a police-involved shooting that left a black man, 24-year-old Jamar Clark, dead.

Clark's death has sparked nine days of protests as some community members allege he was handcuffed when he was shot. Police have disputed that, and two investigations are underway.

Police had been seeking three white males in the shootings, which didn't result in any life-threatening injuries.

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4:10 p.m.

A massive line of protesters is marching from Minneapolis' north side to downtown, demonstrating against the fatal shooting of a black man in a Nov. 15 confrontation with police.

A live stream of the rally for 24-year-old Jamar Clark showed demonstrators filling the width of a city street and snaking for several blocks, walking and chanting as they go.

Clark died in what police say was a scuffle that came about as they responded to an assault in which he was a suspect. Some community members have alleged he was handcuffed, which police have disputed. Two investigations are under way.

The ninth day of protests outside of a north Minneapolis police precinct erupted in gunfire late Monday night when five protesters were shot and wounded. Police have arrested two men in the shootings.

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3:45 p.m.

A county prosecutor in Minneapolis says it will be up to a grand jury whether to bring criminal charges against police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman issued a statement Tuesday after repeated requests by black activist groups to make the decision himself rather than go to a grand jury. Protesters have said grand juries are unlikely to indict police officers.

Jamar Clark, 24, was killed in a confrontation with police on Nov. 15. Some community members say he was handcuffed, which police dispute. His death has sparked days of protests.

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2:50 p.m.

One of five protesters who suffered gunshot wounds near a north Minneapolis police precinct has returned to the demonstrations, and two others are recovering.

The five were among the activists who have been demonstrating last week following the fatal shooting of a black man, 24-year-old Jamar Clark, in a confrontation with police.

Eighteen-year-old Wesley Martin, shot in the leg, was walking on a cane and back outside the precinct. Martin said his 19-year-old brother Tevin was shot in the stomach but was in "good condition" in intensive care.

The Star Tribune reported that 38-year-old Draper Larkins remained hospitalized with an arm wound, according to his mother, Jaclyn Larkins.

Police didn't immediately provide conditions on the other two, but all five had wounds judged non-life-threatening.

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1:45 p.m.

One of the Black Lives Matter protesters who was shot a block from a Minneapolis police precinct has returned to the scene.

Wesley Martin was one of five protesters shot as they were trying to escort some people from Monday night's demonstration. None of the five suffered life-threatening injuries.

Martin was walking with a cane after being hit in the left leg and treated at a Minneapolis hospital. Martin says he's "feeling better than yesterday."

Martin says he remembers chasing the people that he confronted, then being hit in the leg. He says he remembers being put in an ambulance and little else.

The protesters have been outside of the 4th Precinct since 24-year-old Jamar Clark died in a confrontation with police on Nov. 15. Some community members said Clark was handcuffed, which police have disputed.

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1:20 p.m.

Protesters who have been camped outside a Minneapolis police precinct for more than a week since the fatal shooting of a black man say they will not leave.

Members of Black Lives Matter said Tuesday at a brief news conference that they "will not bow to fear" or "intimidation" after five protesters were shot Monday night. No one suffered life-threatening injuries.

The protests erupted after 24-year-old Jamar Clark died in a confrontation with police Nov. 15. Some community members said Clark was handcuffed, which police have disputed.

Clark's family had asked the protests to stop after Monday's shootings.

Police on Tuesday said they have arrested two men in the shootings and are seeking other suspects.

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1:15 p.m.

Police in Minneapolis say they have arrested a second man in the overnight shootings of five Black Lives Matters protesters.

The man was arrested in his car in south Minneapolis. Police described him as a 32-year-old Hispanic man.

Police earlier arrested a 23-year-old white man in the shootings. They say they are still seeking "additional suspects."

None of the protesters suffered life-threatening injuries during Monday night's shooting.

They were among scores of people who have demonstrated for more than a week outside a north Minneapolis police precinct in the wake of the death of 23-year-old Jamar Clark.

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12 p.m.

Minneapolis police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man in the overnight shootings of five Black Lives Matters protesters.

Police say the man, who is white, was arrested in suburban Bloomington.

Officers are still seeking two other white male suspects.

None of the protesters suffered life-threatening injuries during Monday night's shooting.

They were among scores of people who have demonstrated for more than a week outside a north Minneapolis police precinct in the wake of the death of 23-year-old Jamar Clark.

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8:45 a.m.

Some protesters who are gathered outside of a north Minneapolis police precinct say they don't intend to stop their demonstrations despite the overnight shooting that wounded five people.

Protesters have been at the precinct for more than a week since 24-year-old Jamar Clark, a black man, died after being shot during a confrontation with police.

About 50 people were outside the building on Tuesday morning, with more trickling in, and some said they planned to stay despite a request from Clark's family to end the protests.

A protester who gave his name as Big Don Carlito says demonstrations no longer have anything to do with the Clark family. He says, "If we fold on it, they won."

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6:15 a.m.

Minneapolis police say they are looking for three white male suspects in the shooting of five people near a demonstration to protest the killing of a black man by a police officer.

Authorities say none of the five suffered life-threatening injuries in the shooting late Monday.

Police tweeted early Tuesday that officers are searching for three white male suspects in the shooting that occurred shortly before 11 p.m. about a block from the 4th Precinct. Protesters have gathered there since the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15.

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2 a.m.

The brother of the man whose fatal shooting by a police officer has prompted protests in Minneapolis is calling for the end of a more than weeklong sit-in at a police precinct.

In a statement issued early Tuesday morning by the office of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, whose district includes Minneapolis, Eddie Sutton says his family appreciates the support protesters have shown since the death of his brother, Jamar Clark.

But Sutton says that in light of the shooting of five people near the 4th Precinct sit-in, the family believes the demonstrations there should be ended "out of imminent concern for the safety of the occupiers."

Minneapolis police say five people had injuries that were not life-threatening after the shooting. No one was in custody, and police were asking anyone with information to come forward.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said in a statement earlier Monday that the group would announce the next steps it had planned at a news conference Tuesday.

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1:30 a.m.

Minneapolis police say five people were shot near the site of an ongoing protest over the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer, and they are seeking help in identifying suspects.

A news release from Police Department spokesman John Elder says officers responded to the sound of gunshots around 10:40 p.m. Monday and 911 calls shortly after reported five people had been shot.

The statement says dozens of officers responded to assist victims at the scene a block north of the police department's 4th Precinct, which has been the site of protests since the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15.

No suspects are in custody. Police are interviewing witnesses and asking anyone with information to come forward.

Elder says three victims were taken to a hospital in a private vehicle, and two were transported by ambulance. All had injuries that were not life-threatening.

The statement says the department has additional uniformed officers in the area for extra security.