Charge Upgraded in Minneapolis Protester Shooting

Prosecutors have increased the charge against one of the men accused of shooting five protesters outside of a Minneapolis police precinct. 

Hennepin County Assistant Attorney Judith Hawley asked Tuesday that 23-year-old Allen Scarsella be held on a higher bail of $500,000 after charges were upgraded to first-degree assault. 

Scarsella was originally charged with second-degree assault and rioting. 

Hawley said one of the five victims was shot in the abdomen and the bullet is so close to his arteries that it can’t be removed. 

Judge Hilary Lindell Caligiuri agreed with the prosecution’s bail request. 

Three other men have also been charged with aiding a riot in connection to the shootings. 

The men are accused of taking part in shooting five protesters outside of the Minneapolis Police Fourth Precinct in late November where demonstrators were camped out since the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jamar Clark. 

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