In the ongoing standoff at the Fourth Precinct police station over Jamar Clark's killing, various radicals have emerged to complicate and agitate police against protesters, protesters against police.
Thursday night, two guys wearing camo with their faces covered arrived at the precinct to film. They went up to a livestreamer with Unicorn Riot and stated they were curious about how the protest was going.
"I don't know if this is what [protesters] were planning, just standing here," one of the white supremacists said. "It's almost as if they expect one of us to do something. They expect one of us to be in the wreckage of all this. It's boiling. It's going to be happening soon."
UPDATE: Something did happen Monday night, though it's still to be determined if the men in this threatening video are connected to the events. Five Black Lives Matter protesters were shot by a group of white men who had appeared at the Fourth Precinct, and refused to remove their masks. After the shooting, the white men fled in an SUV. The five victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and no suspects have been arrested.
When pressed about what "justice for Jamar Clark" means to them, the other supremacist answered, "All the folks here should get the justice and peace that they deserve. What we need to do is reach out to our communities, especially our melanin-enriched communities," he said, laughing.
Later, Black Lives Matter discovered a video that the two men filmed en route to the Fourth Precinct from Uptown. It shows one brandishing a gun. "We're gonna go see what these fucking dindus are up to," he said. "We're going to knock this shit out ... a little reverse-cultural enriching. Let the fire rise."
VIDEO: Last night 2 white supremacists, one carrying a pistol, showed up to our peaceful protest at the 4th precinct.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.It has come to our attention that members of this group plan on returning tonight to our candlelight vigil at 4:30, some may come armed. [See: http://pastebin.com/FkA1B2rq]They say they will be wearing the "4 of clubs" to identify one another, so watch for this badge or patch on their clothing.In the era of white supremacist terrorism against people of color across the U.S., we refuse to be intimidated by hate groups. 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.
Thankfully, that bravado didn't translate into action once they got to the protest. The guys and other cyber anons have been posting on their own thread that they might return Friday night in larger numbers, however, packing to agitate what they've termed the "chimpout."
Police spokesman Scott Seroka says that MPD is aware of the threat to protesters.
"The Minneapolis Police Department has received information that a group may attempt to cause a disturbance this evening in front of the Police Department’s 4th Precinct," he wrote in a statement. "We are asking gathered demonstrators to be vigilant and report any actions that may seem out of the ordinary. If anyone notices something suspicious, please contact a nearby officer or call 9-1-1. A physical description, clothing description, and/or vehicle description is helpful. Also, please report any ‘out of the ordinary’ actions you have observed."
Earlier this week, some protesters were also criticized for fueling tensions by throwing bricks and Molotov cocktails, spraying mace, and challenging cops to shoot at them. Black Lives Matter organizers worked to de-escalate potential violence by linking arms and using their bodies to cordon off upset protesters from police.
"We understand the frustration of community members who may take actions not sanctioned by our group; this is a time of grief and rage and we remain committed to nonviolent direct action," BLM said in a statement. "As has always been the case, our members remained committed to peaceful protest even in the face of growing escalation."
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