Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis

Heidi Leibfried

Protesters will stay at Minneapolis’ fourth precinct until their demands of releasing video footage of Jamar Clark’s death are met.

 

“Black lives MATTER, black lives MATTER, black lives MATTER!”

The crowd chants these three words over and over.

“Black lives MATTER, black lives MATTER, black lives MATTER!”

The slogan fills the air, making sure it is heard by everyone. The message is clear. Racial disparity is alive and well, and justice activists plan to put an end to it.

Well over 100 people strong, the crowd of activists occupied Minneapolis’ fourth precinct since Nov. 15, the day of 24- year old Jamar Clark’s death. Though the specifics of Clark’s death are unknown, he was fatally shot in the head by Minneapolis police. Authorities ruled the case as a homicide, and the protesters are waiting for the next steps. They will not leave the precinct until police tapes that depict the shooting are released, but their fight is for an even greater cause.

“We will grow in numbers and let the nation know that this type of oppression and injustice will not stand in our city. We the people hold the power and we need to take it,” the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis Facebook page said.

This message is one Katies hope to emobody as well, as Khadra Abdi Ali ’18 was intentionally arrested for camping out at the police headquarters.

“Justice, for me, is indicting the officer who got away with this atrocity,” Abdi Ali said in an interview with MPR News.

St. Kate’s Black Student Association is encouraging students to wear Black on Friday, Nov. 20 in solidarity with students at the University of Missouri and to pay respects to all those who have lost their lives at the hands of racism and discrimination. Group photos will be taken on the Quad at 1:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. More information can be found here.

Protesters will stay at the precinct until their demands are met, chanting “Black lives matter,” the entire time.

UPDATE: NAACP calls for a candlelight vigil and march at 4:30 p.m., Friday Nov. 20 outside of the fourth precinct headquarters in Minneapolis.

Heidi Leibfried

Activists stand around a fire pit, trying to stay warm throughout the night. Behind them, tents hold donations of food, hand warmers, hats and gloves.

 

Many of the protesters pitched a tent in to sleep in front of the precinct. At one point throughout the protest, police officers took down and threw away their camping supplies because it was blocking the entrance of the precinct.

Jaimee Leibfried

Many of the protesters pitched a tent in to sleep in front of the precinct. At one point throughout the protest, police officers took down and threw away their camping supplies because it was blocking the entrance of the precinct.

Dance circles and rallies featuring speakers and songs of empowerment are held throughout the night to keep spirits high.

Jaimee Leibfried

Dance circles and rallies featuring speakers and songs of empowerment are held throughout the night to keep spirits high.

 

Well stocked with wood and warm attire, activists huddle around a fire. The People's Movement Center sponsored a Justice Shack, where protesters could warm up and emotionally heal.

Jaimee Leibfried

Well stocked with wood and warm attire, activists huddle around a fire. The People\’s Movement Center sponsored a Justice Shack, where protesters could warm up and emotionally heal.

 

 

Officers of Minneapolis' fourth precinct blocked off the entrance so community members could get in to speak with the police force. Occasionally, protesters tried to engage with them, but they remained respectfully silent.

Jaimee Leibfried

Officers of Minneapolis’ fourth precinct blocked off the entrance so community members could get in to speak with the police force. Occasionally, protesters tried to engage with them, but they remained respectfully silent.

 

Black Lives Matter yard signs created by Showing Up for Racial Justice-Minnesota (SURJ-MN) raise money for Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, and can be bought here.

Heidi Leibfried

Black Lives Matter yard signs created by Showing Up for Racial Justice-Minnesota (SURJ-MN) raise money for Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, and can be bought here.

 

Lavina Branscomb '16 photographs an American flag with the words "Black Lives Matter" written on it.

Jaimee Leibfried

Lavina Branscomb ’16 photographs an American flag with the words “Black Lives Matter” written on it.

 

Activists made the precinct their temporary home, vowing to stay until the police tapes are released to the public.

Jaimee Leibfried

Activists made the precinct their temporary home, vowing to stay until the police tapes are released to the public.

 

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