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Black Lives Matter supporters hug after Minneapolis police poured water to extinguish an encampment fire as they continued their protest, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, outside the Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
A protester has some words with Minneapolis police officers on bikes as a Black Lives Matter protest continued, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Nekima Levy-Pounds, Minneapolis NAACP president, center (with megaphone), speaks at a candlelight vigil held for Jamar Clark outside the 4th police precinct November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Minneapolis Police Chief, Janee Harteau, right, speaks with Black Lives Matter organizer, Mica Grimes, separated by a barricade outside the 4th Precinct police station November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Jamar Clark by a Minneapolis police officer. A video of the shooting has not yet been released. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Protestors, activists, and community members listen to speeches at a candlelight vigil held for Jamar Clark outside the 4th police precinct November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Protestors, activists, and community members listen to a speech by Nekima Levy-Pounds, Minneapolis NAACP president, at a candlelight vigil held for Jamar Clark outside the 4th police precinct November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Protestors, activists, and community members bow their heads at a candlelight vigil held for Jamar Clark outside the 4th police precinct November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Protestors, activists, and community members listen to speeches at a candlelight vigil held for Jamar Clark outside the 4th police precinct November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Minneapolis NAACP leader Nekima Levy-Pounds speaks at a prayer vigil Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 in Minneapolis. A demonstration of people upset over the shooting death of a black man in a confrontation with Minneapolis police entered its seventh day Saturday, with an encampment of protesters at a north side police station vowing to maintain their vigilance until theyâre satisfied the case has been properly resolved. (AP Photo/Greg Moore)
Protesters with covered faces stand with a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis.It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minneapolis police guard the entrance to the Fourth Precinct as Black Lives Matter supporters protest, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minneapolis police guard the entrance to the Fourth Precinct as Black Lives Matter supporters continued their protest, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Minneapolis. It was the fourth day of protests of the killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Members of Black Lives Matter, activists, and protestors, march from a makeshift memorial for Jamar Clark on the side of Plymouth Avenue several blocks from the 4th Precinct November 20, 2015 in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Protestors, activists, and community members listen to speeches at a candlelight vigil held for Jamar Clark outside the 4th police precinct November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Minneapolis Police Chief, Janee Harteau, right, speaks with media and protestors separated by a barricade outside the 4th Precinct police station November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Jamar Clark by a Minneapolis police officer. A video of the shooting has not yet been released. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Andrew Yang, center, of Northfield, Minnesota, offers pizza to protesters before a candlelight vigil held for Jamar Clark outside the 4th police precinct November 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Protesters keep warm near a fire pit in the street outside the Black Lives Matter encampment, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in front of the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. The fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man, by a Minneapolis police officer, has pushed racial tensions in the city's small but concentrated minority community to the fore, with the police precinct besieged by the makeshift encampment and many protesters. A candle light vigil was planned for the evening. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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A few dozen demonstrators endured bitter cold on Saturday outside a Minneapolis police station, where they have spent the last week encamped in protest of the killing of an unarmed African-American man.

Jamar Clark, 24, was shot on Sunday by police two blocks from the 4th Precinct police station and died on Monday night after his family decided to disconnect life support. Two officers under investigation in the incident have been identified, but their races have not been revealed.

Clark's death comes at a time of heightened debate in the United States over police use of lethal force, especially against black people. Over the past year, protests against killings of unarmed black men and women - some videotaped with phones or police cameras - have rocked a number of cities.

"There are a lot of us men doing a whole lot of talking ... but the men need to make sure that the talk is put into play," Michael Wilson, 33, said through a bullhorn, imploring other male protesters to take responsibility for their community and families.

As Wilson spoke, about 50 fellow demonstrators tried to stay warm in the 20-degree Fahrenheit (-6 C) cold by drinking coffee and huddling around campfires in the middle of the street in front of the station, where protesters pitched about a dozen tents.

Cars brought firewood and food as a few protesters cleaned up trash from the muddy ground and city crews scrubbed profane graffiti off the station's brick walls.

The mood was relatively light as police stood by and mingled with demonstrators, trading recommendations on how to stay warm and chatting about NFL football.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement Saturday night that he had met with Clark's family and community leaders and expressed his sympathy.

Protesters demanding release of video footage of the incident say Clark was unarmed and handcuffed when he was shot.

In his statement, Dayton said "I will urge that the tapes be provided to the family and released to the public, as soon as doing so will not jeopardize the Department of Justice's investigation."

Although protests throughout the week have been largely peaceful, police have used pepper spray and fired rubber marking bullets at least twice when demonstrations became heated.

Officials have confirmed no weapon was found at the scene and said they are looking into whether Clark was handcuffed. The police union said Clark grabbed one officer's gun, although the weapon remained in its holster.

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Minneapolis Protests Erupt After Police Shoot Black Man


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