After a well-executed triage of protests, Black Lives Matter activists shut Minneapolis down Wednesday. Protesters rallied together in the name of Jamar Clark, a young man shot in the head by a police officer during a domestic dispute in Minneapolis last month. Clark died one day after the incident, which has led to weeks of protests over the differing versions of the event. Wednesday’s demonstrations took place at the Mall of America, continued on to the light-rail and ended at the Minneapolis airport. More than 10 people have been arrested.
Here’s what we know about the story:
On Nov. 15, police responded to a domestic-assault call.
According to police, 24-year-old Jamar Clark began interfering with emergency workers and, after a tussle, was shot in the head. According to witnesses, Clark was handcuffed at the time of his shooting, though police officials deny this.
Protests began soon after news of Clark’s death, with a demand for the release of the official police video.
On Nov. 23, counterdemonstrators, said to be white supremacists, fired at Black Lives Matter protesters, wounding five activists.
According to the New York Times, four men were later charged.
Jamar Clark’s funeral was held Nov. 25 at Shiloh Temple, blocks away from where Clark was fatally shot.
On Dec. 23, protesters, organized by the Black Lives Matter movement, walked through Minneapolis’ Mall of America (the country’s largest mall) with their hands raised above their heads.
The group was ushered out, with authorities saying they were illegally gathered, and activists then headed to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where demonstrators temporarily blocked terminal access. Protesters called their action “Black Xmas,” and they were joined by activists in a number of other cities across the country.
Protests ended at the airport, where protesters blocked access to roads and terminal entrances.
According to KARE11, 100 protesters gathered inside Terminal 2 and shut down security lines for nearly an hour.
Felice León is multimedia editor at The Root.