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Published On: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015

Minnesota: Black Lives Matters activists arrested after shutting down I-94 to support Jamar Clark

Police arrested 51 Black Lives Matter supporters during a protest that shut down a highway Minnesota for over two hours. The demonstration was in solidarity for Jamar Clark, a black Minneapolis man shot by police, who has died after being taken off life support.

Starting at 6:45 p.m. local time on Monday, hundreds of protesters gathered on Interstate 94 to block traffic to protest the death of the unarmed black man killed by Minneapolis police.

“We’re shutting it down, we’re shutting it down,” one protester said, according WCCO. “Don’t talk to white media,” another behind him said.

Happening Now! Black Lives Matter Minneapolis shuts down 94.#BlackLivesMatter#Justice4Jamarpic.twitter.com/NzvOmkLrHk

— Arianna Feldman (@AriannaFeldman) November 17, 2015

Hundreds of protesters block I-94 in north Minneapolis:https://t.co/COMAqzhp0ppic.twitter.com/Jl5hKmGyBY

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 17, 2015

Protesters had stopped traffic for almost two and a half hours before police have them a 15 minute warning, calling the assembly unlawful. A half an hour later, 43 adults and eight juveniles were arrested.

The highway demonstrations followed a day of protests at a Minneapolis Police Department precinct headquarters.

At the doors of the precinct.#Minneapolis#Justice4Jamar#BlackLivesMatter#Live Watchhttps://t.co/c602MH4d0F now! pic.twitter.com/TPdun1fokN

— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) November 15, 2015

The shooting of Clark, 24, happened early Sunday morning, and immediately prompted the outrage of some community members. Police arrived on the scene responding to reports of a man, later identified as Clark, engaging in a domestic assault. Police claim he was involved in a struggle during his arrest, and interfering with emergency responders who were treating his girlfriend.

Clark’s record shows he has previous convictions for armed robbery and domestic abuse.

Black Lives Matter activists held a press conference at 9 a.m. on Monday, demanding that the video of the arrest be released, as well as the names of the officers involved.

They also called for city officials to ask for an independent federal investigation of the incident.

 Photo/Vectorportal via wikimedia commons

Photo/Vectorportal via wikimedia commons

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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