- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 24-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he shot five demonstrators protesting the shooting death of a black man by Minneapolis police in November.

Allen Scarsella of Lakeville faces assault and riot charges in Hennepin County. In a court filing Wednesday, defense attorneys said Scarsella will argue he acted in self-defense.

Prosecutors allege Scarsella and three other men meant to cause trouble on Nov. 23 when they went to an encampment of demonstrators protesting the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark in a confrontation with two white officers. Charges allege Scarsella, who is white, shot and wounded five men.

Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/21n1jqz ) reports Scarsella’s lawyers argue the men were only filming the protest when they were confronted.

The three other men haven’t yet entered pleas to riot charges.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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