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jury finds shooter guilty of all counts in 2015 protest shooting


a hennepin county jury convicted allen scarsella of felony first-degree ault and riot charges wednesday in the november 2015 shooting of five people at a north minneapolis protest.scarsella, 24, was charged with 12 counts of first-degree ault and one count of riot in connection with the nov. 23, 2015 protest. scarsella and three friends went to minneapolis police's fourth precinct that night to live stream an ongoing protest after the death of jamar clark, who was s and killed during a scuffle with police. after weeks of testimony followed by closing arguments, the jury began deliberating thursday morning, and reached the verdict after about seven hours. it was announced before a packed courtroom filled with media, legal observers and victims' families.video played during the trial showed






jury to begin deliberations in case of man accused of shooting at protesters


after a trial that stretched on for three weeks, a hennepin county jury will now deliberate the case of a man accused of felony ault and riot for shooting at a group of black lives matter protesters in november 2015.allen scarsella, 24, faces six counts of first-degree ault and one count of riot after he s and wounded five protesters on nov. 23, 2015. he and three friends went to minneapolis police’s fourth precinct that night to live stream an ongoing protest after the death of jamar clark, who was s and killed during a scuffle with police. after weeks of testimony followed by closing arguments, the jury will begin deliberations on wednesday morning.video played during the trial showed the four men standing at a fence before they were quickly surrounded by a group of about 20  to 30 prote






white minnesota man found guilty in shooting of black protesters after jury sees


a white minnesota man was found guilty of opening fire and wounding five men protesting the fatal shooting of a black man by police officers two years ago.a jury found allen scarsella, 24, guilty of 11 counts of ault and one count of riot when he s and injured five black men, hennepin county attorney mike freeman said on wednesday afternoon.“we are pleased with the jury’s guilty verdict against allen scarsella today,” freeman said in a statement.“as i said at the time we charged mr. scarsella and his companions, the racist language he used in the videos and on social media is just not acceptable and the actions he took as a result of those racist beliefs were heinous. the jury obviously saw it the same way,” freeman added.freeman said prosecutors will be seeking “the stiffest possible sent






jury convicts man who wounded black protesters in minnesota


minneapolis (ap) — a jury on wednesday convicted a minnesota man of ault for opening fire and wounding five black men demonstrating against the fatal shooting of a black man by minneapolis police officers.allen scarsella, 24, of bloomington, was found guilty of ault and riot charges. scarsella showed no emotion as the hennepin county jury’s verdict was read.scarsella was accused of shooting and injuring the men at a black lives matter protest after the death of jamar clark in 2015.scarsella and three other men, all wearing face masks, went into an en pment outside a police station in north minneapolis to livestream black lives matter protests that had closed down a city block. scarsella brought a .45-caliber handgun and fired at demonstrators in what his attorneys say was self-defense. pro






scarsella testifies about shooting at black lives matter protesters


to allen scarsella, shooting at oncoming black lives matter protesters on nov. 23, 2015 was the only thing he could to protect himself.on the witness stand monday, he told his version of the events that night that led to five people s and wounded — and to him standing trial on felony riot and ault charges.under questioning by his attorney, peter martin, scarsella told the jury and three friends went to the protest at the north minneapolis police precinct to live stream it, but then quickly found themselves surrounded by an angry crowd, questioning if they were with the police or kkk, he told a jury. after taking a punch to the cheek, the four were able to get away from the crowd and started walking north up morgan avenue.but then they saw a group of five to seven protesters break off and c






on stand, scarsella tells his version of shooting at black lives matter proteste


to allen scarsella, shooting at oncoming black lives matter protesters on nov. 23, 2015 was the only thing he could to protect himself.on the witness stand monday, he told his version of the events that night that led to five people s and wounded — and to him standing trial on felony riot and ault charges.under questioning by his attorney, peter martin, scarsella told the jury and three friends went to the protest at the north minneapolis police precinct to live stream it, but then quickly found themselves surrounded by an angry crowd, questioning if they were with the police or kkk, he told a jury. after taking a punch to the cheek, the four were able to get away from the crowd and started walking north up morgan avenue.but then they saw a group of five to seven protesters break off and c






jury convicts man who wounded black protesters in minnesota


minneapolis — a jury on wednesday convicted a minnesota man of ault for opening fire and wounding five men demonstrating against the fatal shooting of a black man by minneapolis police officers.allen scarsella, 24, of bloomington, was found guilty on all charges of ault and riot. scarsella showed no emotion as the hennepin county jury's verdict was read. defense attorneys left the courtroom without comment. sentencing is set for march 10.scarsella was accused of shooting and injuring the five african-american men at a black lives matter protest after the death of jamar clark in 2015.scarsella and three other men, all wearing face masks, went into an en pment outside a police station in north minneapolis to livestream black lives matter protests that had closed down a city block. scarsella,






jury finds shooter guilty of all counts in 2015 protest shooting


a hennepin county jury convicted allen scarsella of felony first-degree ault and riot charges wednesday in the november 2015 shooting of five people at a north minneapolis protest.scarsella, 24, was charged with 12 counts of first-degree ault and one count of riot in connection with the nov. 23, 2015 protest. scarsella and three friends went to minneapolis police’s fourth precinct that night to live stream an ongoing protest after the death of jamar clark, who was s and killed during a scuffle with police. after weeks of testimony followed by closing arguments, the jury began deliberating thursday morning, and reached the verdict after about seven hours. it was announced before a packed courtroom filled with media, legal observers and victims’ families. after the verdict, the jury left wit






on stand, scarsella tells his version of shooting at black lives matter protest


allen scarsella took the stand monday to describe shooting into a group of protesters as the only way he could protect himself, but a prosecutor worked to paint him as a racist looking for a reason to use his gun on black people.scarsella acknowledged that he s five protesters on nov. 23, 2015, after he and three others went to minneapolis police's fourth precinct to livestream an ongoing protest after the death of jamar clark, who was s and killed during a scuffle with police.scarsella was charged with first-degree ault and riot, both felonies."i was really scared, the situation got totally out of control," he said.but istant county attorney judith hawley tried to poke holes in his story, noting that details changed when he explained what happened afterward. scarsella also admitted going






on stand, scarsella tells his version of shooting at black lives matter protest


allen scarsella took the stand monday to describe shooting into a group of protesters as the only way he could protect himself, but a prosecutor worked to paint him as a racist looking for a reason to use his gun on black people.scarsella acknowledged that he s five protesters on nov. 23, 2015, after he and three others went to minneapolis police's fourth precinct to livestream an ongoing protest after the death of jamar clark, who was s and killed during a scuffle with police.scarsella was charged with first-degree ault and riot, both felonies."i was really scared, the situation got totally out of control," he said.but istant county attorney judith hawley tried to poke holes in his story, noting that details changed when he explained what happened afterward. scarsella also admitted going






on stand, scarsella tells his version of shooting at black lives matter proteste


allen scarsella took the stand monday to describe shooting into a group of protesters as the only way he could protect himself, but a prosecutor worked to paint him as a racist looking for a reason to use his gun on black people.scarsella acknowledged that he s five protesters on nov. 23, 2015, after he and three others went to minneapolis' 4th police precinct to livestream an ongoing protest after the death of jamar clark, who was s and killed during a scuffle with police.afterward, scarsella was charged with first-degree ault and riot, both felonies."i was really scared, the situation got totally out of control," he said.but istant county attorney judith hawley tried to poke holes in his story, noting that details changed when he explained what happened afterward. scarsella also admitted






protest shooting suspect takes stand, with more expected on monday


allen scarsella took the witness stand in his own defense late friday to explain why he went to a black lives matter protest in november 2015 and, after a scuffle broke out, ultimately s five people.his testimony was cut short, however, by the end of a day that saw his friend and co-defendant nathan gustavsson testify for several hours, arguing that scarsella s in self-defense. but his testimony also opened him up to what was often blistering questioning from the prosecution. it also revealed a text gustavsson wrote referring to the protest shooting and saying, "we're all guilty in this."gustavsson said in an interview afterward that his decision to testify e after his attorney, family and friends all told him not to. but he said he asked himself if he could live with himself if scarsella






jury finds shooter guilty of all counts in 2015 protest shooting


in a verdict met with surprise and relief, a hennepin county jury convicted allen “lance” scarsella of all counts of felony first-degree ault and riot charges wednesday in the november 2015 shooting of five people at a north minneapolis protest.the jury deliberated for seven hours following two weeks of testimony from nearly two dozen witnesses — including surprise testimony from scarsella and a co-defendant. they watched several videos taken before and after the shooting, including ones of scarsella making racist comments; and numerous texts where scarsella described his intent to kill black people.despite that, many in the black community expected to hear “not guilty,” said jason sole, the head of the minneapolis naacp. eron clark, one of scarsella’s shooting victims and jamar clark’s co






jury finds shooter guilty of all counts in 2015 protest shooting


in a verdict met with surprise and relief, a hennepin county jury convicted allen “lance” scarsella of felony first-degree ault and riot charges wednesday in the november 2015 shooting of five people at a north minneapolis protest.the jury deliberated for seven hours following two weeks of testimony from nearly two dozen witnesses — including surprise testimony from scarsella and a co-defendant — before returning guilty verdicts on all counts. they watched several videos taken before and after the shooting, including ones of scarsella making racist comments; and they viewed numerous texts where scarsella described his intent to kill black people.despite that, many in the black community expected to hear “not guilty,” said jason sole, the head of the minneapolis naacp. eron clark, one of sc