Five Protestors Shot At Black Lives Matter Rally By ‘White Supremacists’

BLM activists were there to protest the police killing of Jamar Clark...

Five Protestors Shot At Black Lives Matter Rally By 'White Supremacists'

by Sophie Wilkinson |
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Five Black Lives Matter protestors have been shot by ‘white supremacists’ at a peaceful protest against the police killing of an innocent man, according to leaders of the movement.

Police brutality being disproportionately used against people of colour is a huge, ongoing issue in the US. Ever since Jamar Clark, 24, was shot by police on 15 November in north Minneapolis, Minnesota, Black Lives Matters protesters have had a presence outside the 4th precinct police station.

But last night, when more protestors turned up, so did counter-protestors.

The Black Lives Matter protestors tried to move the three counter-protestors – one wearing a mask – away from the police station, but the three men started fired shots at them.

Five protestors were hit and a police officer confirmed in a statement to the Star Tribune that the injuries were non-fatal. But Miski Noor, a media contact for Black Lives Matter said: ‘A group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights.’

Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the local NAACP chapter, said: ‘I am obviously appalled that white supremacists would open fire on non-violent, peaceful protesters.’

Police have confirmed, via Twitter, they are searching for three white male suspects.

And while much of the focus of the run-up to the Presidential elections has turned to Europe and anti-immigration rhetoric used against helpless Syrian refugees, there’s a real concern that far-right extremism is on the rise in the US.

As one Twitter user put it:

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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