2015 Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Shooting
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The 2015 Black Lives Matter Shooting was a violent altercation that involved the shooting of five Black Lives Matter demonstrators protesting the death of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late November 2015. By the next day, three suspects were arrested in connection to the shooting, whom many alleged were white supremacists who frequented the /pol/ and /k/ board on 4chan. All of the injuries sustained in the shooting were non-fatal.
On November 20th, Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis, who had been in the midst of protesting a police shooting of a young black man named Jamar Clarke, posted that some white supremacists had attended their protest the previous night. They had suspected that the men were scoping out their protest for a future violent action by their behavior, which included filming the protests. Later, the activists found a video made by the men where they brandish guns and threaten the protestors with racist terms, including Dindu, and made a couple of references to 4chan's /pol/ (Politically Incorrect) board. The activists also found a Pastebin where the men were coordinating their plans for violence.
The two men in the video identified themselves as SaigaMarine and BlackPowderRanger; and it was later discovered that SaigaMarine is the name of a tripcode user on 4chan's /k/ (Weapons) board, which is specifically for the discussions of weaponry.
On November 23rd, activists were marching again in the same area, when the men arrived again wearing masks. Protesters asked the men to remove their masks. Moments later, the masked men open fired near the epicenter of the protests. Five people were injured. While initial reports accused the men of firing unprovoked, a video was subsequently uploaded to YouTube of two men claiming protesters assaulted the gunmen prior to the shooting (shown below).
The shooting caused an outcry online. For two days, both the shooting and the arrest of the subjects trended on Facebook. In addition, a hashtag connected to the protests, #4thPrecinctShutdown, was used almost 76,000 times the night of the shooting.
Alongside, various people also questioned if the act of violence could be identified as "terrorism." Activists who were at the protest have been characterizing the shootings as a white supremacist terrorist attack. Meanwhile, the media was split on the term, with most labelling it as a shooting executed by white supremacists. The Independent kept it an open question, while the NY Daily News and the Huffington Post branded it as terrorism. Alongside, Alternet held an interview with media critic Todd Gitlin, a professor at Columbia University, over the definition of the term.
Several blogs and news sites, including the conservative Breitbart News Network, characterized the protesters as the aggressors in the incident, and claimed that the shooters acted in self-defense.
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 Daily News – Three white men arrested for shooting at Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis
 Star Tribune – 3 men in custody, 1 released in 4th Precinct protest shooting
 NPR – 3 People In Custody In Shooting Of 5 Black Lives Matter Protesters In Minneapolis
 New York Times – Black Lives Matter Activists Vow Not to Cower After 5 Are Shot
 The Epoch Times – Video Shows Alleged 4chan Users With ‘Gun’ Days Before ‘Black Lives Matter’ Shooting in Minneapolis
 Facebook – Minneapolis: Police Arrest 3 Suspects in Connection With Shooting of 5 Black Lives Matter Activists
 Twitter – Tags: #4thPrecinctShutDown
 Topsy – Tags: #4thPrecinctShutdown
 Pastebin – 4chan email plans
 Facebook – Black Lives Matter Minneapolis's Post
 Independent – http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/white-supremacists-shot-five-black-lives-matter-protesters-in-minneapolis-so-are-they-terrorists--ZkuoGsfTtg
 NY Daily News – Shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters outside Minneapolis police station is terrorism
 Huffington Post – Black Lives Matter 'Will Not Be Intimidated' By White Terrorists
 Alternet – MEDIA
Why the Media Refuses to Call the White Supremacists Who Shot Black Lives Matter Protesters 'Terrorists'
 Breitbart News Network – Police Doc: Black Lives Matter Protesters Started Confrontation That Led to Minneapolis Shooting
Nov 25, 2015 at 05:20AM EST
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