MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Another man charged in the shooting of five protesters at the 4th Precinct is out of jail.
On Tuesday, 26-year-old Daniel Macey of Pine City posted his $100,000 bond, Hennepin County Jail logs show. Macey faces one count of second-degree riot in connection to the Nov. 23 shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters.
Earlier, another man charged with riot in the case, 27-year-old Joseph Backman of Eagan, was released from jail after posting his $250,000 bond.
Prosecutors say the two were with 23-year-old Allen “Lance” Scarsella of Lakeville, who is accused of shooting the five protesters, all of which suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He currently faces five counts of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree riot.
Another man, 21-year-old Nathan Wayne Gustavsson of Hermantown, also faces a riot charge in connection to the case. He and Scarsella remain jailed.
Protesters and community members have complained that the charges the defendants face aren’t harsh enough. Meanwhile, County Attorney Mike Freeman has said that they could face federal hate crimes charges, depending on how federal investigators handle the case. He said on Monday that the shootings appear racially-motivated.
The shooting happened after the four men got into an alternation with protesters. Criminal complaints say that Scarsella told several people – including a high school friend who is now a police officer in Mankato – that he was the shooter.
Scarsella is slated to make his next court appearance on Dec. 15. The other three are all scheduled for pretrial hearings in early January.
The protesters have been staging an on-going demonstration outside Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct since the fatal police shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15.
Protesters say that Clark was in handcuffs when police shot him in the head. The police union disputes that, saying that Clark struggled with officers and grabbed one of their guns.
The protesters say they’ll stay outside the precinct until all video of the shooting is released by investigators. They are also demanding that the case not go before a grand jury, which, they say, typically exonerate police officers in fatal shooting cases.