Broad coverage of decision not to charge officers in Jamar Clark case

Hennepin County Attorney's Office
The scene of the Jamar Clark shooting on the night of Nov. 15, 2015.

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:

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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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 03/30/2016 - 04:19 pm.

    I Have NO Doubt that There’s Police Misconduct

    in Minneapolis.

    This is attested to by the constant liability payouts Minneapolis taxpayers must make to those who have been victims of misconduct,…

    but that being said,…

    it seems VERY unfortunate timing that,…

    in the midst of the justifiably extreme concern about “Black Lives Matter,”…

    the Jamar Clarke situation arose,…

    a set of circumstances which have ended up being such a very POOR piece of evidence,…

    for trying to prove to the general public that greater police accountability is needed,…

    and that police are doing unjustifiable violence to people, especially men, of color.

    My hope and prayer is that,…

    even as they remain vigilant while awaiting the arrival of a case,…

    which will be far more useful for highlighting police misconduct based on race,…

    a case which we ALL hope will never arise,…

    the people of the Black Lives Matter Movement will now let the Jamar Clarke case die a natural death,…

    rather than making statements and taking actions which will further convince the general public,…

    that law enforcement is well justified in routinely treating them with greater violence than other groups.

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