After four white supremacists shot up a group of Black Lives Matter protesters who were protesting near a local police precinct in Minneapolis demanding justice for wrongfully executed 24 year-old Jamar Clark, the police did not respond by going out in full force to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice. On the contrary, they once again demonstrated that there is little daylight between themselves and self-proclaimed white supremacists when it comes to the similar disdain they hold for Black people. Shortly after masked gunmen opened fire on the crowd and injured five demonstrators, friends of the wounded begged police officers to get them some assistance but were instead told to “call 911.” When it was pointed out to them that they were in fact 911, the police officers reportedly replied, “This is what you guys wanted.” When a number of cops finally did arrive after 15-20 minutes of doing nothing, they didn’t even bother calling for an ambulance. Instead they treated those who’d been shot and those attempting to tend to their wounds with hostility, approaching them in full riot-gear with weapons drawn. The cops then went on to mace them all in their faces!
According to Rachel Bean who was present at the scene and had tried earlier to get help after the protesters were attacked, she said to the officers, “I called the EMS, you don’t have to mace everyone!” Then came the callous response, “Shut the fuck up!”
Not surprisingly, this echoes the very same reaction Minneapolis police had at the scene of the November 15 killing of Jamar Clark in the first place. After Clark was brutally executed while his hands were cuffed behind his back, eyewitnesses who were at the scene had guns pulled on them before they were sprayed with mace. Though police officers would like to claim that it was in the interest of the protesters to be shot by white supremacists, the truth is that the obvious motive such an attack against Black demonstrators demanding justice is to instill them with a sense of fear, to keep them from coming out to protest against the injustice of the police. Police had been bitterly complaining about protests in front of the police precinct for days, with Minneapolis police union president Lieutenant Bob Kroll going so far as to refer to the very presence of protesters there as “a local version of Benghazi“.