4 Charged in Shooting of Minneapolis Protesters
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations.
Prosecutors have charged four men after shots were fired at demonstrators protesting the killing of a black man by Minneapolis police.
Twenty-three-year-old Allen Lawrence Scarsella, of Lakeville, is charged with one count of riot while armed with a dangerous weapon and five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
A criminal complaint says Scarsella fired the shots that injured five protesters on Nov. 23.
Twenty-seven-year-old Joseph Martin Backman of Eagan; 21-year-old Nathan Wayne Gustavsson of Hermantown; and 26-year-old Daniel Thomas Macey of Pine City each face a riot charge.
The shooting happened near a police precinct where dozens of protesters have been camped since the Nov. 15 fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.
Police say Clark struggled with officers. But some people who said they saw the shooting allege the 24-year-old was handcuffed.