White Man Gets 15 Years for Shooting 5 People Who Protested Police Killing of Jamar Clark

By MCNS Staff

Allen Scarsella

Allen Scarsella

A man who shot five Minneapolis, MN Black Lives Matter protesters in 2015 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

 

Allen Scarsella argued with protesters who were demonstrating outside Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct police station after the shooting death of Jamar Clark by a police officer. Scarsella was convicted in February of a dozen felony counts of assault and riot.

 

Prosecutors asked the judge for the maximum sentence while the defense stated that Scarsella acted in self-defense.

 

According to CBS News, Defense attorney Laura Heinrich argued that Scarsella was “naïve” at the time of the shooting. She stated that he did not know what life was like for Vlack people on the north side of Minneapolis and that his brain may not have fully developed because he was around 22 years old at the time when he put on a mask and went to the Fourth Precinct to live stream himself shooting five people.

 

Prosecutors showed that Scarsella was deeply racist by presenting months of racist messages he had sent to others leading up to the shooting. As a result, Scarsella received a sentence of 15 years in prison out of a possible 20-year maximum.

 

One of the shooting victims, Cameron Clark, who is also Jamar Clark’s cousin, said he is still dealing with physical and emotional pain from the shooting.

 

Cameron Clark also said he believes the initial charges that were brought forth by the county against Scarsella should have been more severe, however Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said on Wednesday that first-degree assault was the highest charge he could bring given the evidence that was presented.

 

Protestors had initially gathered because Minneapolis police officer Dustin Schwarze shot Jamar Clark in the head while he was handcuffed. However Schwarze has not faced any criminal charges.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *