Will protests or riots happen in Minneapolis?

Jamar Clark

Following the announcement that Officer Mark Ringgenberg and Officer Dustin Schwarze will not be charged for their roles in the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, authorities are bracing for further protests and potentially even riots. The shooting that lead to the death of Clark prompted over two weeks of rioting last year.

Despite the findings of the grand jury based upon testimonies and forensic evidence, many eyewitnesses are still claiming that Clark was handcuffed and not a threat. The official story from the officers involved includes assertions that Clark was reaching for the officers’ weapons and posed a threat.

In the current political atmosphere following two years of racial strife every time a white police officer is involved in the death of a black suspect, protests and riots have become the norm. The nation is dividing along these lines with “black lives matter” concepts opposing “all lives matter” and even “blue lives matter” (referring to police lives). Will Minneapolis become the next hotspot for this debate?

Brian Molidor

Brian Molidor is Assistant Editor at The New Americana.

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