North Mpls Ferguson vigil gets tense after arrest of woman holding "Don't Shoot" sign [VIDEOS]
People wave their hands in the air outside MPD's 4th Precinct headquarters in protest.
Last night, in commemoration of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds turned out to observe a moment of silence at the Minneapolis Urban League on the North Side.
A short time later, a woman carrying a "Don't Shoot" sign who participated in the vigil was arrested on the street by the Minneapolis Police Department for reasons that remain unclear, prompting a protest outside the MPD's 4th Precinct headquarters.
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Here's video of the arrest:
Here's another video of the immediate aftermath:
And here's another video, this one suggesting the woman, who uses the name Brittany Brisofancy on Facebook, was arrested was for jaywalking:
The person who posted that video, Jack Moore, writes that when cops were asked what the woman was arrested for, they didn't offer an explanation, but said they "had to look into it."
Whatever the reason, Brittany's arrest converted the vigil into a protest:
One witness tells us the atmosphere quickly became tense:
Demonstrators now crowding entrance as police officials talk to community leaders and ticketed woman inside. pic.twitter.com/5WyG55Tk1z-- Jon Collins (@JonSCollins) August 15, 2014
But police de-escalated the situation by releasing Brittany and then ripping up her ticket:
Appears MPD officials dropped ticket after talking w community leaders and ticketed woman. Protesters celebrating. pic.twitter.com/8jf8c60CrP-- Jon Collins (@JonSCollins) August 15, 2014
lt. Friestleben talking to crowd about why they tore up ticket. Crowd questions the reasons. People are mostly calm. pic.twitter.com/CN4dGXm5KI-- Jon Collins (@JonSCollins) August 15, 2014
With her ordeal through, Brittany struck a defiant note:
While others drew conclusions that don't reflect well on the MPD:
Keep in mind Mpls vigil was inside & peaceful but police still went out of their way to arrest someone when people left #NMOS14-- Smiley Hill (@smilyus) August 15, 2014
Shortly after Brittany's arrest, we got in touch with MPD spokesman John Elder seeking more information. He told us he'd send us the police report this morning. We haven't heard back as this is published, though it's unclear what public records are available since Brittany's ticket was ripped up.
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