Allen ‘Lance’ Scarsella: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Allen ‘Lance’ Scarsella: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Allen “Lance” Scarsella is being held without bail. (Facebook)

Three men are in police custody after five Black Lives Matter activists were shot Monday night near protests over the shooting death of Jamar Clark, Minneapolis police say.

Allen “Lance” Scarsella, 23, is currently being held without bail at Hennepin County jail. Three other suspects, Nathan Gustavsson, 21, Daniel Macey, 26, and Joseph Backman, 27, are also in custody, the Star-Tribune reports.

A fifth person, a 32-year-old Hispanic man who goes by the name “Saiga Marine” online, was brought in for questioning Tuesday, but released after police determined he was not at the protests Monday night.

On November 30, Scarsella was charged with five counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, the Star-Tribune reports. He and the three other men were charged with second-degree riot while armed.

Protesters said they were trying to get a group of armed white men, some wearing masks, to leave the area of the demonstration Monday night. The men then opened fire on the protesters. The victims are expected to survive.

“A group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights,” Miski Noor, a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Noor told the newspaper the protesters tried to get the group away from the area, and the men then “opened fire” on about six demonstrators. The shooting occurred in an alley about a block from the 4th Police Precinct, Noor said.

The shooting occurred at about 10:40 p.m. near the 4th Police Precinct in North Minneapolis, where activists have gathered for more than a week to protest over the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. The unarmed black man was shot on November 15 by a white police officer, and witnesses have claimed that he was handcuffed when he was shot. Police have denied those claims, but the shooting remains under investigation.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Scarsella Was Arrested on Tuesday in Bloomington

Lance Scarsella

Lance Scarsella. (Facebook)

Lance Scarsella was taken into custody Tuesday in Bloomington, Minnesota, police said. A video shot by a neighbor shows a SWAT team calling for Scarsella to come out of a house with his hands up:

He was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of assault at 6 p.m., and held without bail.

According to his Facebook page, Scarsella is originally from Lakeville, Minnesota, and now lives in Saint Paul. He was a student at the University of St. Thomas until last year.

Scarsella’s Facebook cover photo is the Bonnie Blue Flag, a flag associated with the Confederacy.

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(Facebook)

Scarsella was a high school wrestler at Lakeville North High School. He became an Eagle Scout in 2009.

Macey and Gustavsson turned themselves in later Tuesday.


2. Scarsella Admitted He Was the Shooter in a Phone Call to a Police Officer

Lance Scarsella, Lance Scarsella search warrant

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According to an application for a search warrant filed by investigators, Scarsella called a high school classmate, Officer Brett Levin, who is now a police officer in Mankato, Minnesota. The call was made at about 1 a.m., more than two hours after the shooting. In the call, Scarsella admitted to shooting five people at the Black Lives Matter protest, police said.

You can read the search warrant application below:

Levin told Minneapolis Police that Scarsella seem frightened on the call, and said he had gone to the protest to live-stream video of it.

A video taken at the scene shows the moments before the shooting, as the trio of men are approached by activists. There is no audio in the video, which was provided to News Talk 1130, and appears to have been shot by one of the shooting suspects. Watch it below:

Investigators said in the search warrant they were looking for clothing and masks worn by the suspects, photos, phones, photographic evidence, computers, recording devices and weapons.

According to a probable cause statement filed by prosecutors, Scarsella and his friends talked in text messages about “how to make big news” and “stir shit up,” at the protests.

You can read the statement below:


3. Authorities Are Deciding Whether to Investigate the Shooting as a Hate Crime

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Police line up in front of a crime scene after 5 people were shot at a Black Lives Matters protest in Minneapolis. (Getty)

Sources told the Star-Tribune that authorities are still deciding whether to investigate the shooting as a hate crime.

Investigators said in search warrant applications that they were searching for “evidence of hate crimes or white supremacy paraphernalia.”

Also, federal investigators could get involved.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is aware of the incident and is coordinating with the Minneapolis Police Department to assess the facts and determine if further federal action” is warranted, FBI spokesman Kyle Loven told the newspaper.


4. Scarsella Has Been Identified by Police as 1 of 2 Men in a Video Posted Before the Shooting

Police confirmed in a probable cause statement that Scarsella was identified as one of two men seen in a video posted online days before the shooting.

According to City Pages, two men wearing camouflage with masks over their faces came to the protests last Friday night. Protesters said they felt threatened by the armed men.

“I don’t know if this is what [protesters] were planning, just standing here,” one of the men said, according to City Pages. “It’s almost as if they expect one of us to do something. They expect one of us to be in the wreckage of all this. It’s boiling. It’s going to be happening soon.

A video posted by the two men (which can be watched above) was found online by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.

Police said last week they were aware of the threat to protesters.

“The Minneapolis Police Department has received information that a group may attempt to cause a disturbance this evening in front of the Police Department’s 4th Precinct,” police spokesman Scott Seroka said in a statement. “We are asking gathered demonstrators to be vigilant and report any actions that may seem out of the ordinary. If anyone notices something suspicious, please contact a nearby officer or call 9-1-1. A physical description, clothing description, and/or vehicle description is helpful. Also, please report any ‘out of the ordinary’ actions you have observed.”


5. Activists Have Been Critical of the Way Police Responded to the Shooting Monday Night

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The demonstrators have criticized the police response to Monday night’s shooting on Twitter, saying officers staged outside of the scene for several minutes before coming to the aid of the gunshot victims. They also say officers maced protesters who were filming them.

Police radio audio recorded from a scanner can be heard here.

Police said in a statement, “Dozens of officers responded almost immediately attending to victims and secured the scene. Additional resources were called in and are actively investigating the shootings, interviewing a multitude of witnesses. The Police Department is working to identify suspects. The police are asking that anyone with information to please come forward. … The Minneapolis Police Department has additional uniformed officers in the area to ensure the safety of all persons.”

After the shooting, the brother of Jamar Clark, Eddie Sutton, issued a statement to the media:

Thank you to the community for the incredible support you have shown for our family in this difficult time. We appreciate Black Lives Matter for holding it down and keeping the protests peaceful. But in light of tonight’s shootings, the family feels out of imminent concern for the safety of the occupiers, we must get the occupation of the 4th precinct ended and onto the next step.

Activists with the Black Lives Matter movement have said on Twitter that they will not let the shooting scare them away from protesting the against the police.

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39 Comments

anonymous

To all the morons supporting these guys. They are part of the sovereign citizens, a group that has killed more police officers than any other group in the past few years. BLM has killed exactly ZERO officers.

What kind of cowards have to bring guns to a protest?

What kind of cowards have to wear masks?

This is now cowards operate, with masks and guns while others are out in the open peacefully. Not only were they cowards to begin with but also cowards who taunted a group into action then ran away like a bunch of pussies.

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br8kawy

Either this was self-defense our mutual combat. It is clear in the video who assaulted who and as usual it was the emotionally crippled “Youths”

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Henry Parks

If you’re black start buying ammunition. These white supremacist guys are only tough because they have guns. If you have a gun and they have a gun guarantee they back down cause they are cowards… That’s why you never see them fighting fair one on one.

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Ryan

Why did you guys leave out the video from BLM admitting to attacking those guys and chasing them before being shot? Trying to fit a certain narrative? They were assaulted by BLM members according to BLM members….how the hell are you going to leave that out?

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Ted

If these men were Muslim it would have been called a terrorist attack within an hour.
If they were black they would have all been executed in the street within ten minutes, followed by a media campaign to make them all “thugs” deserving of execution.
If they’re white everyone spends 6 months trying to find any way they can to blame the victims, exonerate the guilty, paint them as “misguided”, “mentally ill” or “defending themselves”.

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Voice of reason

Most likely a legal, licensed concealed carrier defending himself against known gangster criminal thugs who were assaulting him.

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brady

You do know that calling someone racist in itself does not comprise an actual argument right?

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JDB

You do know that you’re the guy who defended a white supremacist who ended up convicted of shooting peaceful, law-abiding protesters, right? Also, eat shit.

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Joe

Why do African Americans love to protest/riot/loot. I have not heard of the White lives matter or Hispanic lives matter.

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invictusarduis

Why does Joe love to make idiotic, racist statements? And if you think that there haven’t been large-scale protests by Hispanics regarding racism and inequality in America, you are ignorant of your own nation’s history. Look up Cesar Chavez and Dolores Parks-Huerta. And the May Day protesters who were violently beaten by LAPD just a few years back… I could go on, but I suspect you’ll just ignorantly deny reality so that you can cling to your comfortable, racist ideology.

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Brian Shoemaker

Fuck you filthy nigger apes, mandatory spaying of all newborn buck niggers is the only hope this country has left.

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Yngwie F Malmsteen (@YngwieFM)

As far as I can tell, the only people destroying America are old white men. Who’s idea was the Iraq Invasion? Old white men. Who’s idea was it to let the banks regulate themselves? Old white men. Who’s idea was it that ‘trickle down’ economics was a viable economic philosophy even when all the evidence says it isn’t? Old white men. Who sent all the manufacturing jobs overseas? Old white men. Who’s out there buying up all the politicians with huge campaign contributions/bribes? Old white men.

And all the while they blame somebody else for our problems. It’s just like when you fart and blame someone else.

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Abraxas

Aww poor white baby can’t handle that your violent cracker asses are DONE! You will soon be the minority and trust me you’re not going to like it! You sound so mad – did you’re mom leave you at Walmart when you were a kid?

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Anonymous

Hey BLM, get used to slow police response, it will now be the norm. They now have to wait for multiple back up units and cameras, before entering a possible criminal activity area. Baseless accusations against respectable police officers is what will lead to this lack of enthusiasm to help.

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Abraxas

As if police were ever quick to respond before when people of color needed help. You’re so wrong it’s laughable. If you are a person of color, it’s not always wise to call the police for help because you will likely be treated like a criminal and possibly shot for no reason. Lots of examples of people calling 911 because they having a heart attack, stroke or some major health issue but instead of an ambulance showing up it was cops with tasers and guns out. Yes, I’m sure officers will be going to great lengths to follow protocol and do their jobs like professionals.

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joanna

after ferguson, my first question is were they in fear of their lives? the last few protests were nothing near peaceful & were more like a riot with bricks being thrown, arson, screaming threats, death to cops etc…

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Dianne

How would you know how and where the BLM protesters live. They are a mixed group, most are probably better educated and fair-minded than you are.

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JKH

Yeah, we saw what upstanding citizens they were in Ferguson and Baltimore. I don’t find it hard to believe they initiated the violence here.

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invictusarduis

You don’t find it hard to believe that because it fits with your racist, “Blacks are violent,” worldview. I’ve been to the protest site multiple times. A coworker of mine was present during the shootings and witnessed the aftermath. Several clergy I know have participated the protests multiple times. This group of aforementioned people are of various social, racial, and economic backgrounds.

NONE of them have witnessed unprovoked violence from the protesters here in Minneapolis. So take your racist assumptions and apply them to yourself. They certainly don’t apply to BLM Minneapolis.

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brady

The protestors had made chase, running after them when the shooting occured. Why were BLM activists attempting to force people out of a public space? The audio from people on the scene had BLM activists describing, believing they must be in the right, them actively commiting crimes. You can’t just chase people out of a public space because you disagree with them. They were there live streaming the event, which is first amendment protected speech.

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Tyler

Probably not Dianne, but clearly more than you… or they wouldn’t be at the precinct cussing out cops who didn’t/haven’t killed anyone. Calling the african american cops traitors? REheallly……. Get a clue Dianne.

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Anon

Lance was also kicked out of West Point for shooting other students out of his window with an unmarked air soft gun.

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Anonymous

He did nothing wrong. It’s the most clear cut case of self defense you’re ever going to see

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Rose

Yeah that’s why people get arrested and held without bail, because they did nothing wrong. If he didn’t want to get arrested and jailed, he shouldn’t commit crime. It’s simple, just follow the law and don’t be a gun toting thug. You people need to clean up your community, too many white kids going crazy with guns these days.

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JKH

They could be under arrest because the police are looking for someone to throw under the bus.

From the video made at the scene that I saw, and the testimony of the BLM people reported in the Washington Post, it sounds like these “white supremacists” were making a video of the BLM protest (not smart but still perfectly legal), the protestors confronted them, followed them when they left, and someone got violent.

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Abraxas

Sorry if that doesn’t fit into your PC view of the world. I tell it like it is. Young white men have proven themselves to be armed and violent, and they should be profiled as such.

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brady

They were arrested for political reasons, not because what they did was a crime. The recording of the BLM protestors describing the events that took place, clearly described them as a group to attempting to intimidate them from recording in a public space, a clear violation of ones first amendement rights, attempting to surround them and force them from the area, and then making chase as they retreated. BLM, thinking they were in the right, described themselves committing crimes on camera.

If you have a large group of BLM activists chasing you down from a public space, it doesn’t matter what your politics are, if you are retreating and they continue chasing you down under violent threat, your are justifiied in opening fire if you fear for your safty. This case will be thrown out because it don’t reach the measure of the law. The only reason why it exists in the first place is becaus there is a large group of violent criminals willing to burn down cities to get what they want.

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josephec

He WENT THERE SPECIFICALLY to harass these protesters. He did not live there. He sought them out. He went there ARMED. He SHOT protesters without provocation.
COWARD. PSYCHO. RACIST.
Somebody raised this young man to behave like this.
This was ATTEMPTED MURDER.
This was a TERRORIST ACT.
This young man, and others who think and act like this are OUR TALIBAN!!

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