Three men shot five Black Lives Matter activists who were protesting the police killing of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis.
UU Lena K. Gardner, one of the organizers of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, listens as Representative Keith Ellison speaks at a news conference across the street from the 4th Precinct headquarters on November 19, 2015. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP).
On Monday night, November 23, three men shot and injured five Black Lives Matter activists outside a Minneapolis police station where the activists have been encamped for a week to protest the police killing of Jamar Clark.
The Washington Post’s updated story about the shootings reports that police have arrested two men and are seeking a third. Activists described the shooters as white supremacists.
Unitarian Universalists have been active in Black Lives Matter Minneapolis from the beginning. Just last week, Lena K. Gardner—a Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizer who is also director of development for the UUA’s Church of the Larger Fellowship—was a guest on CLF’s talk show The VUU to talk about the movement’s response to Clark’s killing. Another UU, Jie Wronski-Riley, was standing with other activists when the shots were fired last night and is interviewed in several media reports about the shootings, including this video from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The Star Tribune is broadcasting live from this afternoon’s march and rally. Follow #4thPrecinctShutDown on Twitter for more; supporters can donate to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis here.
Two other suspects have now turned themselves in, according to a New York Times story that also describes today’s protests.
UUA President Peter Morales wrote on his personal Facebook page (and later added a second post), “Like so many others, I feel sad, angry, stunned, and frustrated. Alas, I do not feel disbelief. The killing of unarmed black men and incidents of white racial hatred have become too common, too predictable.”
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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