Scarsella is found guilty

For Immediate Release

From NAACP Minneapolis

Media ContactJason Sole, President, 651-983-0982,

The Minneapolis NAACP is pleased that the jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts in the trial of Allen Scarsella, who shot five black men who were among those peacefully protesting the police killing of Jamar Clark last November. Our imperfect judicial system, in this instance, produced the correct verdict. Scarsella harbored racial animus in his heart and planned to harm black protesters that night.

In Minnesota and across the nation, people of color are under attack at airports, in economically deprived communities, and especially in the criminal justice system. Although questions remain about who knew what and when, and if this attack could have been prevented, we hope this will help the victims find closure.

Minneapolis NAACP denounces Burnsville Police for accepting Brett Levin’s resignation

For Immediate Release

From NAACP Minneapolis

Media Contact: President, Jason Sole, 651-983-0982,

Minneapolis NAACP denounces Burnsville Police for accepting Brett Levin’s resignation

On Thursday, Brett Levin resigned his position as a Burnsville police officer, after admitting in court that he had exchanged racist texts with the man who shot five black protesters outside the Fourth Precinct last year. Levin has been friends with Allen “Lance” Scarsella since high school; Lance is currently on trial facing seven felony counts including first degree assault. Scarsella called his friend Levin, then a Mankato cop, the night of the shooting, and Levin advised him to turn himself in. Six months later, Levin was on the force in Burnsville.

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Minneapolis NAACP condemns HF322

Hearing details: 
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8:15 am 
Basement Hearing Room 10
State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul MN 55155

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The Root_Protest Erupts




Demanding Justice for Jamar Clark, after being shot in the head by Minneapolis police.

On November 15, 2015, Jamar Clark was murdered, execution style by the Minneapolis police department. After being called to the scene for a domestic dispute, officers arrived at the residential neighborhood of James and Plymouth Ave N. in Minneapolis.

According to numerous witness accounts, around 1:00 am at the intersection of James and Plymouth Ave N. Minneapolis, MN. Upon arriving at the scene, the police placed the victim in handcuffs and slammed him to the ground. “The young man was just laying there; he was not resisting arrest. Two officers were surrounding the victim on the ground, an officer maneuvered his body around to shield Jamar’s body, and I heard the shot go off.” -Teto Wilson, Northside Community Resident and Business Owner

“The Minneapolis NAACP stands in solidarity with North Side Community residents in demanding accountability for the egregious conduct of Minneapolis Police officers, when they shot and killed Jamar Clark, early this morning in North Minneapolis. Specifically we are demanding an independent investigation; that the officers in question be fired and prosecuted; that African American grief counselors for witnesses be supplied; and a public apology from city leaders for the police abuse that occurred and how residents were treated following the shooting.” -Nekima Levy-Pounds, Minneapolis NAACP President

The Northside Community, the Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis stand as one in demanding justice for the murder of Jamar Clark. We will not rest until his murderers are brought to justice. On November 15, 2015, at 3:00 pm we will meet at the corner of James and Plymouth Ave N. Minneapolis to hold a rally and march for justice for Jamar.

We are asking you to join us as we demand the firing of the officers who committed this egregious crime and the accountability for all involved in this matter. More more information contacts our Communications Director, Raeisha Williams at 404-493-2577.


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