Three arrested in protester shooting

MinnPost photo by Brent Moore
Members and supporters of Black Lives Matter listening to live music in front of the 4th Precinct police station on Tuesday night.

The Star Tribune story, by Libor Jany and David Chanen says: “Minneapolis police said Tuesday that they have arrested three men in connection with the shooting. Allen Lawrence ‘Lance’ Scarsella III, 23, was arrested in Bloomington. Sources said Nathan Gustavsson, 21, of Hermantown, and Daniel Macey, 26, of Pine City, were taken into custody after they turned themselves in. All three suspects are white. Earlier Tuesday, police arrested a 32-year-old Hispanic man in south Minneapolis, but he was later released because, police said, he was not at the scene of the shooting. Authorities are weighing whether to treat Monday’s shooting as a hate crime, according to sources familiar with the investigation.”

For The New York Times, John Eligon and Ashley Southall report, “Mr. [Alexander] Clark said he was alarmed by the heavy bulletproof vest that one of the agitators was wearing and by the precision with which he believed they operated. ‘They were using police tactics,’ he said. John Elder, a spokesman for the Police Department, said he hoped that people would wait for the facts to emerge regarding the shooting. … The police also said they were aware of a video in which masked men are seen driving to the protest site and brandishing a pistol, while making racist comments and justifying the killing of Jamar Clark.”

A trio of MPR reporters says, “Gov. Mark Dayton called the shootings a ‘cowardly, criminal act’ and said he believed the suspects will be ‘brought to justice.’ At the same time, he said he hoped protesters would heed the pleas of Jamar Clark’s family to end the protests outside the precinct amid safety concerns. ‘I think this underscores the treacherous nature of a significant number of people who are intermingling without any way of safeguarding people engaged in peaceful protests,’ Dayton told MPR News. ‘It underscores the vulnerability of peaceful citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.’”

Jamar Clark case left up to a grand jury. The AP says, “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.”

At Slate, Leon Neyfakh writes, “So far the agency leading the state investigation of Clark’s death has refused to release the footage. At a press conference on Monday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he had viewed one of the tapes but declined to describe it. He also said it did not conclusively prove whether Clark was handcuffed at the time of his death. The Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP responded by renewing calls for the video to be released, arguing in a statement that the governor’s remarks had reinforced ‘the public’s need to see the videotape for themselves and to draw their own conclusions, rather than relying upon the perspective of one government official who is not a trained expert in this field.’”  

In the Pioneer Press, Ol’ Sooch isn’t believing much of anything from anyone. Says Soucheray, “As a lawyer, [Nekima Levy-Pounds, head of the Minneapolis NAACP] seems too casually willing to set aside the protocols of a criminal investigation, which call for nothing to be released so that the investigation not be tainted. Nothing to be released, that is, except to the governor, who is the de facto head of the BCA. If a citizen has a cellphone video that shows that Clark was shot while handcuffed, why hasn’t it been delivered to a newsroom source? A news outlet would play it. As for the situation remaining highly volatile, shots rang out near the 4th Precinct on Monday night and five protesters were hit, though none suffered life-threatening injuries. The shooters were called white supremacists, although how that has been established is unknown. Maybe they are just idiots, if there is a distinction. … So I guess we’ll find out. News video has shown Molotov cocktails thrown at police and the building behind them. Were they tossed by black supremacists?”

At RawStory, we have this about a CNN interview here in the Twin Cities: “Raeisha Williams, communications chair of the Minneapolis NAACP, told CNN that members of law enforcement were ‘behind’ the Monday night shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters. During an interview on Tuesday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Williams to react to breaking news that two men had been arrested in connection to shootings that injured at least five people who were protesting the killing of Jamar Clark. ‘We’re hearing two [arrests] at this time,’ Williams explained. ‘But we don’t necessarily trust that. We know that the police department is behind this, this is our personal belief after receiving witness accounts.’”

Remind your relatives driving over from Wisconsin. The Forum News Service says, “More than 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will be working overtime this holiday season to try to prevent drunken driving. … The percentage of traffic deaths caused by drunken driving during the holiday periods are Thanksgiving 53.8 percent, Christmas, 46.2 percent, Fourth of July, 40 percent, Memorial Day, 27.3 percent, Labor Day, 16.7 percent and New Year’s Day, 12.5 percent.” Thanksgiving … four times drunker than New Year’s Eve?

Emily Welker of the Forum News Service says, “Two junior hockey league players are in the Clay County Jail to begin serving terms of a plea deal that lets them avoid registering as sex offenders despite each pleading guilty to three counts of child pornography. Thomas Ryan Carey of Moorhead and Brandon Nicholas Smith of Castaic, Calif., pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clay County District Court to three felony counts of creating, possessing and disseminating child pornography. They admitted they made and sent a video of one of them having sex with a then-15-year-old girl last year at a hotel room in Moorhead after a hockey game. The deal, which calls for a 45-day jail sentence plus 10 years of supervised probation for Carey and Smith, also calls for the three felony charges to be dismissed from their records at the end of that decade if they comply with a long list of probation requirements.”

Turns out 86 percent is still more than 51 percent. Even in The Badger State. In the Wisconsin State Journal Doug Erickson says, “Madison teachers have voted overwhelmingly to retain their union. Of the 2,838 Madison School District teachers eligible to vote, 86 percent cast a ballot to recertify the Madison Teachers Inc. union, according to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, the state agency responsible for administering collective bargaining laws. … For each of its five bargaining units, the union needed 51 percent of members to remain certified—an annual requirement set forth in Gov. Scott Walker’s signature 2011 legislation known as Act 10. The law significantly reduced collective bargaining rights for most public employees in Wisconsin.”

The deer are dropping like flies. Says Sam Cook in the Duluth News Tribune, “Minnesota firearms hunters registered 128,174 deer through the third weekend of firearms deer season, up from 112,715 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far this fall, hunters have registered 145,383 deer, up from the 2014 same-date harvest of 128,134, DNR officials said.”

Red Wing Pottery is calling it quits. Anne Jacobson of the Forum News Service says, “Recalling the hatred of the 1967 strike that shook Red Wing Pottery to its core, current Red Wing Pottery owner Bruce Johnson said mounting stress and pressure have taken their toll. He stunned the community Tuesday afternoon with his announcement that the Pottery Salesroom mall will close Christmas Eve. ‘A big part of the announcement puts the focus of this, I think, squarely in the hands of the anger and resentment this city has had to this business since 1967,’ he said Tuesday afternoon.” Ouch! 48 years is one long grudge. Someone must be Irish.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 11/25/2015 - 08:50 am.

    Pottering Around

    Because Bruce Johnson made a poor business decision, he blames the community of Red Wing?

    As for 1967 matters, might we call that “rear projection”? Good luck with those final holiday sales.

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