Hundreds gathered for a peaceful candlelight vigil augmented with the lights of hundreds of smart phones and police surveillance lights at Minneapolis 4th precinct station Friday night. They were there to remember Jamar Clark who had been gunned down by Minneapolis police on Sunday.
Dozens of fire pits and tables busting with food, coffee and water supported the hundreds rallying for justice in the killing.
“We understand that all lives matter. Unless black lives matter, all lives can’t matter” Cornell Brooks, National NAACP president told the crowd. “We are in it for the long haul.”
“I’m here as a leader-servant. I’m not here to parachute in as a civil rights leader and to tell you what to do. I’m here because I believe what is happening in Minneapolis,” said Brooks.
“You are here because you are seeking to promote the cause of justice.”
ISAIAH President Rev. Paul Slack is one of those working for justice. “The protest has actually advanced the conversation, because from my understanding the police have actually met some of the demands that Black Lives Matter is making,” said Slack. Investigators have released the names of the officers involved in the incident, but have not released video of the shooting as Black Lives Matters has demanded.
Not everyone is as optimistic. One woman who lives next to where Clark was shot is tired of harassment from the Minneapolis police. “Everybody is really fed up. This has been going on for years.”