Minneapolis police arrest 1 of 3 white men suspected of shooting up a #BlackLivesMatter protest

Police are still debating whether to treat the shooting of these protesters as a hate crime


Scott Eric Kaufman
November 24, 2015 11:19PM (UTC)

One of the three white men suspected of shooting at #BlackLivesMatter protesters late Monday evening has been arrested, the Star Tribune reports.

Authorities said that they arrested a 23-year-old male in Bloomington around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and are still actively searching for the other two alleged shooters.

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Police have not decided whether to treat this shooting as a hate crime, sources familiar with the investigation told the Star Tribune's Karen Zamora and Libor Jany. The shooting occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m. Monday, and the victims were all black men between the ages of 19 and 43.

None of the injuries is considered life-threatening.

At the time of the shooting, the members of the #BlackLivesMatter movement were maintaining a presence near the 4th Precinct police station to protest the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on November 15th.

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They became suspicious of three masked men who were recording the faces of the protesters, and asked them to leave. When the three men refused, a fight broke out, and five or six of the protesters chased after the men. At some point during this chase, one or more of the men pulled out a gun and opened on fire on the protesters giving chase.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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