Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday morning that he would not bring charges against the officers involved in the killing of Jamar Clark in the fall.
It was big news:
- Star Tribune: “Jamar Clark: No charges against Minneapolis police officers in fatal shooting”
- MPR: “Prosecutor won’t charge cops in Jamar Clark shooting”
- Pioneer Press: “Minneapolis officers will not be charged in Jamar Clark shooting”
- City Pages: “No indictment in Jamar Clark police shooting case”
- New York Times: “Minneapolis Officers in Jamar Clark Shooting Will Not Face Charges”
- Washington Post: “Minneapolis police officers will not face charges for fatally shooting Jamar Clark”
- The Atlantic: “No Charges in the Shooting of Jamar Clark”
- MinnPost: “Minneapolis police officers won’t face charges for shooting Jamar Clark”
The evidence used by Freeman to reach the no-charge conclusion was posted on the Hennepin County Attorney’s website. It included autopsy reports, photographs from the scene, and links to videos.
The Star Tribune rounded up reactions from activists, who were disappointed with the decision. Ricardo Lopez writes: “Black Lives Matter activists immediately pushed back Wednesday when Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he would not charge the officers involved in Jamar Clark’s death, interrupting at a news conference where he explained his decision. … Activists, including Nekima Levy-Pounds, Minneapolis NAACP president, attended the news conference and immediately denounced the decision by Freeman once he began taking questions. They demanded to know how the police responded in the immediate hours following the shooting last November and said video shown during the news conference demonstrated the officers were the ‘aggressors.’ ”
The ACLU of Minnesota’s Charles Samuelson said in a statement: “Every killing by a police officer is a tragedy and Jamar Clark is no different. Law enforcement kill individuals far too often in the United States with over 1,000 police killings in 2015. At the ACLU, we believe human life should be valued above all else. … We are glad that County Attorney Freeman has published all of the videos and the evidence used in this case. It is important that there is transparency in the process the county attorney used in their decision. However, Jamar Clark was shot within 61 seconds of officers arriving on the scene. It is unsettling that he was shot so quickly. Officers should have allowed for more time to address the situation fully.”
If you need to review what’s happened in the case up to this point, MPR put together a timeline.
A protest is planned for 6 p.m. this evening, starting in Elliot Park, according to Jim Hammerand in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
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