Five Black Lives Matter protesters were shot in the late night of Nov. 23 near an encampment outside a police station in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A cell phone video (below) shows the chaos immediately after the shooting. Miski Noor, a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter, said that “a group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights,” and “opened fire on about six protesters,” notes the Star Tribune.
Noor said the incident happened when the protesters tried to herd the counter-demonstrators away from the area.
The protesters were camped near the Fourth Precinct police station because of the police shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an African-American, on Nov. 15. The original encampment was removed by police on Nov. 18, but protesters built a new one, reports RT.com.
Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said that the people who were shot on Nov. 23 had non-life-threatening injuries, notes the Star Tribune.
Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, added, "I am obviously appalled that white supremacists would open fire on nonviolent, peaceful protesters."
Police were originally looking for three white suspects, but arrested one white male and one Hispanic male on Nov. 24, reports The Washington Post.