After Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s announcement Wednesday morning that no charges would be filed against police officers involved in the shooting death of Jamar Clark, supporters took to the streets of Minneapolis last night demanding "Justice 4 Jamar." The protests were relatively peaceful compared to the siege the city experienced for 18 days after the shooting.
Activists planned several rallies across the city, with intentions to converge in front of Hennepin County Government Center downtown in the evening.
One group of protesters started at the location of the fatal Nov. 15 shooting on Plymouth Avenue, and began marching toward downtown. The rally garnered dozens of protesters along the way — soon numbering in the hundreds — as they made their way toward the Government Center.
A second rally organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis started much closer to downtown, in Elliot Park at the corner of 11th Avenue and 14th Street. By 6:30 p.m., the rally had gathered dozens more protesters, and was growing quickly.
Both groups met in front of the Government Plaza LRT station at around 7:10 p.m. There, leaders spoke to the group about the injustices of the criminal justice system, and Jamar Clark's case, WCCO TV reports.