Reportbacks From the Scarsella Trial (Ten Part Series)

Minneapolis, MN – Hennepin County Judge Hilary Caliguiri sentenced white supremacist Allen Scarsella to 182 months for his racially motivated act of domestic terrorism, shooting five unarmed protesters in Minneapolis in November 2015. Scarsella’s trial featured over thirty witnesses and lasted through eleven days of testimony.

Unicorn Riot was documenting live at the 4th Precinct on November 19th, 2015, when Allen Scarsella and Julio Suarez first physically trolled the protest encampment in North Minneapolis while armed, and Unicorn Riot was present during the court dates and attended the full proceedings of Scarsella trial.

This post encapsulates all ten of the comprehensive reportbacks from the Scarsella Trial and has links to the five previous stories on this act of domestic terrorism before the trial.

Scarsella is part of the growing movement of white nationalists using coded language and memes adopted through the internet and espousing white-supremacist ideals through terminology not recognized by the larger majority of the populace. Scarsella converted his bigoted electronic trolling into real life violent crime; the trial testimonies gave the world a glimpse into the minds and motives of impressionable white nationalists who are a serious threat to the society around them.

[Content Advisory: some of the language seen in these articles and videos may be disturbing and offensive to our audience.]

To see a timeline of events that led to the shooting, watch the video below:

Part One – Summary: After many attempts to have the trial moved from Minneapolis, in early January 2017, the Scarsella trial started. Part One features some background on Allen Scarsella, the reason why a Unicorn Riot journalist was subpoenaed, the week long jury selection, and the opening statements, in which Scarsella’s defense admitted the mass shooting and claimed self-defense.

Part One: Jury Selection, Unicorn Riot Subpoenaed, Opening Statements

Part Two – Summary: Julio Suarez testified about how he met his friends through internet forums and shot guns together with them at /k/ board meet-ups. He spoke about his visit to the 4th Precinct with Scarsella to livestream the protests and garner “internet fame” by trolling the community in North Minneapolis. Also in part two is the testimony of a Unicorn Riot journalist.

Part Two: “In hindsight it was very stupid”

Part Three – Summary: The release of 4th Precinct surveillance video and journalist video from Morgan Ave. that showed Scarsella and cohorts before the mass shooting occurred during investigator testimony. Testimonies included in part three were from police officers, investigators, and a participant of the protests.

Part Three: Jury Sees Videos Around Mass Shooting

Part Four – Summary: Testimonies of all five unarmed victims of the mass shooting, as well as that of a photojournalist, and a police officer who Scarsella called after the shooting (the officer resigned after testifying to participating in racist correspondence with Scarsella, which he dubbed “locker room talk“) are featured in part four.

Part Four: Shooting Victims Testify

Part Five – Summary: An investigator from the Minneapolis Police Department testified about a major element of the evidence against Allen Scarsella, the data that was extracted off of his phone by the Minneapolis Police using Cellebrite software. Other investigators, police officers, Scarsella’s girlfriend and his landlord, all testified in part five, and the state rested its case.

Part Five: Cell Phone Extraction Shows Scarsella’s Hardened Racism

Part Six – Summary: The testimony of a police officer who took videos during the protests at the 4th Precinct, a witness to the shooting, and an officer who was verbally threatened by a protester, are found in part six. The police officer’s videos were shown to the court in attempts to further Scarsella’s self-defense claim, but they also provided the court a chance to hear multiple Minneapolis Police Officers making negative comments about, and towards, the community outside their precinct.

Part Six: Defense Attempts to Discredit Protesters Using Police Videos

Part Seven – Summary: One of Allen Scarsella’s co-defendants, Nathan Gustavsson, waived his 5th Amendment rights and testified to further Scarsella’s self-defense claim. Part seven has Gustavsson’s testimony, which included him talking about how they all met up, him getting punched while leaving the protest area, and the claim that a protester had a weapon. Some media from the 4chan /k/ board armed meet-ups at camping trips is also included.

Part Seven: Co-Defendant Waives his 5th, Testifies for White Supremacist

Part Eight – Summary: Allen Scarsella took the stand and testified. Scarsella spoke about who he is as a person, his ideas around trolling the protests, his racist viewpoints, and claimed the shooting was in self-defense as he and Gustavsson were both punched and they feared for their lives.

Part Eight: Scarsella Takes Stand, Admits Shooting, Claims Self-Defense

Part Nine – Summary: Testimony by Julio Suarez’ girlfriend and a couple police officers that spoke about their opinion of the protests seeking justice for Jamar and the community that took part in them, as well as jury instructions and closing arguments are found in part nine.

Part Nine: Defense Rests & Closing Statements

Part Ten – Summary: Allen Scarsella was sentenced April 26th, after being found guilty on February 2nd. Part ten features some audio from Scarsella himself inside the courtroom, as well as the judge and victim impact statements. We also went live moments after the sentencing, and interviewed a victim of the mass shooting and his grandfather (Jamar Clark’s step-father), as well as a disruption of a press conference by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Part Ten: Scarsella Guilty of 12 Felonies, Sentenced to 15 Years

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To see Unicorn Riot’s past coverage in relation to this shooting, see below:

White Supremacists Shoot Five Protesters and MPD Attacks #Justice4Jamar Crowd [Nov. 24, 2015]
“Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes”: White Supremacists Arrested for Shootings [Nov. 26, 2015]
#Justice4Jamar Assailants Net Minor Charges; Camp Braces for Police Action [Nov. 30, 2015]
Hiding Hate Crimes: Prosecutor Goes Easy on Attempted Murderers [Mar. 15, 2016]
Bail Motion Denied for White Supremacist 4th Precinct Shooter [Jul. 6, 2016]
Scarsella Trial Reportbacks & Coverage of Shooting at 4th Precinct:

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