A Minnesota white supremacist who shot five Black Lives Matter protesters has been convicted of multiple felonies and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Root reported 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.
Clark was unarmed and handcuffed when officer Dustin Schwarze shot him in the head, and Schwarze faced no criminal charges for killing the unarmed defenseless man.
However, Scarsella has been convicted of a dozen felony counts of assault and riot in the Nov. 2015 altercation that left five protesters shot.
Scarsella said he was acting in self-defense after he and his neo-nazi crew went up to the anti-police brutality protesters.
No one believed his self-defense defense, possibly because he was not a cop and the protesters were not handcuffed.
Scarpella’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, reported The Root.
The judge did not buy his undeveloped brain defense either, and he agreed with prosecutors that Scarsella was a racist who sent months of racist messages prior 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. It is unclear why he was not charged with attempted murder or terrorism.
The Root said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman claimed first-degree assault was the highest charge he could bring, given the evidence.
If the police did not come up with enough evidence to charge him with attempted murder, then the police investigators did not do their job. Maybe they didn’t really want to punish the pro-cop white supremacist who shot police brutality protesters.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)