Minneapolis fire chief visits protest camp to discuss safety concerns as storm approaches

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel has met with protesters outside a police station to discuss concerns about campfires there and emergency access to the site.

The protesters have been there for two weeks since a black man, Jamar Clark, was fatally shot by an officer Nov. 15. Some who say they saw the shooting say Clark was handcuffed, which police dispute. The protesters have used portable fire pits to keep warm and have barricaded the street.

The fire chief alerted reporters about his visit, but the Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1PV03Ji ) journalists were blocked from the brief meeting by Black Lives Matter activists.

Afterward, Fruetel said he wanted to make sure the protesters and community are safe. He said they also discussed a snowstorm expected to hit Minneapolis Monday and Tuesday.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com