Scarsella Found Guilty on All Charges in Shooting of Minneapolis Protesters

February 01, 2017 10:25 PM

A jury has found Allen Scarsella guilty on all charges related to shooting protesters in Minneapolis.

The verdict came in Wednesday afternoon after a day of deliberations


Scarsella is accused of shooting and wounding five demonstrators during the 4th Precinct occupation, which followed Jamar Clark's death by police in November 2015.

Prosecutors spent more than a week presenting their case against Allen Scarsella.

"I was shot in my right leg and my left foot. The bullet missed my artery a half an inch," said Cameron Clark. He's Jamar Clark's cousin and was also wounded by the shots fired at the precinct on November 23, 2015.

"He went down there to provoke. Saying racial slurs," Clark said of Scarsella the night of the shooting. "He lured us up the street and that's where he fired shots at us."

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The trial has stirred up a lot of emotions from people on both sides of the fence.

Attorneys for Scarsella and the three men he was with say their clients went to the protest outside a north Minneapolis police station to livestream video on Nov. 23, 2015.

Scarsella testified that he opened fire to protect himself after he says he was punched and told to leave by protesters. He'll be sentenced in March. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement he plans to push for the stiffest sentence possible.

"I'm glad that we did get justice today," said Clark. "But the fight is still not over with."

The other three men involved in the shooting have pleaded not guilty and await trial.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


Theresa Malloy

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