A judge on Wednesday sentenced Allen Scarsella to more than 15 years in prison for the racially motivated shooting of five black men at a north Minneapolis demonstration following the death of Jamar Clark.
It was a punishment considered far too lenient by Clark’s family, who confronted Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman after the sentencing and repeatedly demanded to know why more severe charges weren’t filed against Scarsella.
“If that was me, I’d be looking at 25, 30 [years] to life,” said Cameron Clark, whom Scarsella, 25, shot twice during the protest on Nov. 23, 2015.
Before leaving the confrontation, Freeman called the sentence “a good result.”
Freeman has repeatedly said the office leveled the most serious felony assault charges they could under state law. They asked Judge Hilary Caligiuri to give Scarsella 20 years but expected a range somewhere within 12 to 17 years. After credit for the