Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and #Justice4Jamar

We urge all supporters of 15 Now Minnesota to fight for #Justice4Jamar by joining the 4th precinct occupation, donating to the legal fund, or writing a letter to the editor.

The whole world is watching the latest battleground in the movement for black lives. For several days, large crowds have gathered to demand #Justice4Jamar. Jamar Clark died of a gunshot wound to the head inflicted by a police officer last week. Multiple witnesses say he was shot while handcuffed, “execution style.” Many 15 Now volunteers are participating in the peaceful protest and occupation at the front entry of the 4th precinct police station in Minneapolis.

We in 15 Now Minnesota join our brothers and sisters in Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), and the Minneapolis NAACP in demanding the following:

1) That Mayor Hodges and Chief Harteau #ReleaseTheTapes showing the homicide of Jamar Clark

2) That any prosecution of Officers Ringgenberg and Schwarze bypass a grand jury, which is not required by law

3) That the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the homicide as well as police abuses against peaceful protestors at the #4thPrecinctShutDown

4) That the Minneapolis Police Department cease its aggression and escalation tactics against peaceful protestors exercising their civil rights

These demands concern matters of basic transparency, fairness, and freedom that all people should support. We commend the young leaders of color whose outstanding efforts are sustaining the occupation, and who have also done excellent work with us for a $15 minimum wage, fair scheduling, paid sick days, and ending wage theft. We agree that state-sponsored violence against the Black community is deeply connected to economic inequality. We stand with you in demanding #Justice4Jamar, because until there is justice, there can be no true peace. #BlackLivesMatter