Several Black Lives Matter Protesters Shot During Minneapolis Protest

Five Black Lives Matter protesters were shot at during a protest last night in Minneapolis, Minnesota just a few blocks away from a police precinct.

According to a statement posted to the group’s Facebook page, the men, whom they call “white supremacists,” opened fire after they were asked to leave. According to police, the people shot suffered non-life threatening injuries.

From Minnesota Public Radio:

“Rumors about the nature of the shootings — and the shooters — spread quickly through the encampment. Twitter feeds, using the hashtags #Justice4Jamar and #FourthPrecinctShutdown that they’d been using all week, lit up the Internet with theories of the shooters’ identities and police involvement.

” ‘I don’t want to perpetuate rumor,’ U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who has joined the group throughout the week-plus demonstration, said after the shootings. ‘I’d rather just try to get the facts out. That’s a better way to go. I know there’s a lot of speculation as to who these people were. And they well could have been, I’m not trying to say they weren’t white supremacists. But I just haven’t been able to piece together enough information to say with any real clarity.’ “

The social activist group recently uncovered video from last night’s horrors:

Below, a fellow protester describes what happened:

What happened: protesters shot at #4thPrecinctShutDown @StarTribune

— Mark Vancleave 🎥+📸 (@MDVancleave) November 24, 2015

Minnesota’s Black Lives Matter group aired out their grievances on Twitter shortly after:

Bob Kroll, a known white supremacist, is prez of Police who did nothing to stop this then mocked & maced terrified ppl. #4thPrecinctShutDown

— Black Visions Collective (@BlackLivesMpls) November 24, 2015

AGAIN: This was white supremacist terrorism. How would police/media handle this if victims were white & shooter black?#4thPrecinctShutDown

— Black Visions Collective (@BlackLivesMpls) November 24, 2015

Wear all black tomorrow. 2pm at the precinct. We will not be intimidated. #4thPrecinctShutDown

— Black Visions Collective (@BlackLivesMpls) November 24, 2015

We are gunna need healers up here in the morning. #4thPrecinctShutDown

— Black Visions Collective (@BlackLivesMpls) November 24, 2015

The group has clearly vowed to continue onward with their protests.

Demonstrators had set up camp outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct to pretest the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man who was shot in the head by a police officer because he “interfered with paramedics who were treating his girlfriend.”

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