Anticipated Protest at Minneapolis City Hall Turns into Productive Discussion Over Policing

November 15, 2018 06:38 PM

It's been three years since two Minneapolis police officers shot and killed Jamar Clark in north Minneapolis.

Clark's death sparked weeks of protests, including an occupation of the 4th Police Precinct.


The two officers were not charged.

Thursday, community activists were at City Council chambers and stood up hoping to raise awareness and spark change. What happened after they did that, they describe as a breakthrough.

A quick back and forth between community activist Nekima Levy Armstrong and Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins didn't escalate, rather it turned into more talking.

Jenkins adjourned the council meeting and turned her attention to Levy Armstrong and a small group. For the next 30 to 45 minutes, the group sat in council chambers and talked about changes they want to see.

Jenkins listened, asked questions and offered insight.

"We all keep showing up because we do have hope," she told the group.

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"I felt it was a very productive meeting, that we came up with the action plan of how we are going to move forward," said Levy Armstrong.

"I am feeling hopeful, but I still know that at the end of the day we're going to have to fight for the changes we want to see, but it's worth it, because those changes could save lives."

The group has a meeting scheduled for early December with Jenkins and a few others to talk about how other states and countries investigate police shootings, hoping to draw up some plans that could be used here.

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