*Two videos of white men wearing masks and showing off a gun have surfaced after five Black Lives Matter movement activists were shot Monday night by assailants, who reportedly fit a similar description as the men in the videos.
Minneapolis police on Tuesday arrested a white man and a Hispanic man who are among the suspects in the case. A connection between the men in the videos and the suspects who have been arrested has not been confirmed.
Oleuchi Omeoga, a protester who witnessed the shooting on Monday, told the Associated Press that the perpetrators of the crime were three masked men. She said the men “weren’t supposed to be” at the encampment, where activists have been protesting the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, a black man shot in the head by police on Nov. 15.
After the masked men left the encampment, several protesters followed them to a street corner. The men in masks then fired, according to Omeoga. None of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis posted a 90-second video to its Facebook page on Friday of two masked young white men spewing racial epithets in a car, indicating they were en route to the Black Lives Matter protest encampment. The organization said in an e-mail that supporters sent them the video, but did not provide additional information about its origins.
In the Facebook post, Black Lives Matter activists wrote that they recognized the men in the video as those who had visited the encampment the night before.
“Last night 2 white supremacists, one carrying a pistol, showed up to our peaceful protest at the 4th precinct,” the post said. “After community members on livestream started questioning them they left without incident, then we later found a video of them en route to the protest brandishing a pistol and making comments including ‘stay white’ and justifying the killing of Jamar Clark.”
The message encouraged supporters to appear at the encampment to help ensure security and defy the white supremacists’ intimidation.
“In the era of white supremacist terrorism against people of color across the U.S., we refuse to be intimidated by hate groups,” the post continued. “We call on our supporters to join us tonight to continue to demand #Justice4Jamar and an end to violence against our community, whether by white supremacist citizens, or white supremacist Police like MPD union president Bob Kroll.”
Minneapolis Police Department spokesman Scott Seroka said the police are “aware” of this video, but would not offer additional comment.
View the FB post and video below: