After the shooting death of Jamar Clark of Minneapolis at the hands of one of the city’s officers spurred protest at 4th Precinct police station by Black Lives Matter activists, Allen Scarsella, along with some friends decided to confront activists which subsequently escalated and resulted in the shooting of 5 demonstrators by Scarsella. In February Scarsella was convicted of a dozen counts of assault and riot and was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for his crimes.
As reported by The Grio:
Allen Scarsella, 25, and his crew got into an argument with some protesters who were demonstrating outside a Minneapolis police station after the 2015 shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark by police.
Eyewitnesses said that Clark was handcuffed when officer Dustin Schwarze shot him in the head. Schwarze faced no criminal charges.
Scarsella, however, was convicted in February of a dozen felony counts of assault and riot in the Nov. 2015 altercation that left five protesters shot. Of course, Scarpella argued he was acting in self-defense.
But since he’s not a police officer, that defense didn’t fly in the Hennepin County court that sentenced him to 15 out of a possible 20 years.
Scarcella’s lawyer grasped at straws to dimish responsibility for his client. When the self-defence excuse didn’t work, he tried to imply that the crime was not motivated by hate, just misunderstanding, and ignorance as well as the fact that the human brain isn’t fully developed until age 25.
The article continued:
CBS reports that Scarsella’s lawyer argued he didn’t know what life was like for black 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 of the shooting.
The judge, however was not buying that BS and agreed with prosecutors that Scarsella was a good ole American dyed-in-the-wool racist who sent months of racist messages leading up to the shooting.
One of the shooting victims, Cameron Clark, who is actually the cousin of the late Jamar Clark, said he believes initial charges brought forth by the county against Scarsella should have been more severe. Attempted murder, anyone?
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman reportedly said that first-degree assault was the highest charge he could bring, given the evidence.
It is ironic that the officer Scarsella and his buddies were “standing up” for has received no time for the killing of an unarmed handcuffed man, and he will be spending many many years in prison. If that doesn’t wake up folks like Scarsella to believe that the systems governing law enforcement are systemically flawed, I don’t know what will. Do you think that more severe charges of attempted murder should have been brought forward? Is the sentence of 15 years sufficient for the shooting of 5 people? Join the discussion in the comment section below.
(Article by Tasha Sharifa)