Molotov Cocktails Thrown at Police During Minneapolis Protests

Protests over the shooting death of Jamar Clark, 24, by Minneapolis police officers turned violent on Wednesday with bricks and rocks thrown at police.

Three molotov cocktails were also hurled at officers at the city's 4th precinct and one officer was injured when he was sprayed with a chemical irritant.

It was unclear if the individuals who threw the Molotov cocktails were part of the larger protests or an isolated group of violent agitators.

Black Lives Matter took to social media to suggest that officers were provoking the protestors. "We feel there was a lot of tension because of the way protesters and our grieving community were so violently handled by police, who seemed to be intentionally agitating protesters," an organizer told ABC News.

Conflicting accounts of the details into the shooting death of Clark remain. Many protestors insist that Clark was handcuffed when he was shot; however, other accounts suggest that Clark was struggling with police over control of one of the officer's guns.

The incident occurred on Sunday when Clark allegedly interfered with police and paramedics as they attempted to treat an assault victim described as being his girlfriend.

A statement released to the media by Frederic Bruno, an attorney for one of the officers, and Robert Kroll, president of the police union, stated, "While he was being legally detained, Clark chose to resist, fight officers, and seize control of an officer's handgun."

Several video recordings of the incident allegedly exist; however, none have yet been released to the public.

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