A video of armed, masked white men boasting that they’re headed to a Black Lives Matter protest encampment in Minneapolis is now being scrutinized after five activists were shot on Monday night by men who reportedly fit their description.
A protester who witnessed Monday’s shooting told the Associated Press that the perpetrators of the crime were three masked men who clearly “weren’t supposed to be” there.
After several protesters chased the group away to a street corner, the masked men then opened fire. Fortunately, none of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries.
The suspects originally visited the encampment on Thursday. BLM organizers said in an e-mail that supporters sent them the video, which they posted to their page on Friday to put people on high alert.
“Last night 2 white supremacists, one carrying a pistol, showed up to our peaceful protest at the 4th precinct,” the post said. “After community members on livestream started questioning them they left without incident, then we later found a video of them en route to the protest brandishing a pistol and making comments including ‘stay white’ and justifying the killing of Jamar Clark.”
“In the era of white supremacist terrorism against people of color across the U.S., we refuse to be intimidated by hate groups,” the post continued. “We call on our supporters to join us tonight to continue to demand #Justice4Jamar and an end to violence against our community, whether by white supremacist citizens, or white supremacist Police like MPD union president Bob Kroll.”
This clip is included below. Please be advised that it contains strong language.
Peace 2 TheGrio!!!