Jamar Clark Has Died After Being Shot By Minneapolis Police — REPORT
According to Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension authorities, Jamar Clark, who was shot by Minneapolis police, died Tuesday after two days on life support. Clark, whom police say was a suspect in an alleged assault, was shot during an apparent altercation with officers. Protests broke out around the city, as demonstrators claimed that Clark was handcuffed when he was shot; police dispute those claims. The Minnesota BCA said in a press release: "The BCA investigation into the incident is ongoing. The names of the officers will be released once the interviews are completed. Both are on standard administrative leave."
Police claim that Clark, 24, was trying to interfere with a paramedic who was attempting to help Clark's girlfriend after an alleged fight between the couple. During the apparent altercation with police, Clark was shot. Protesters have demanded video of the incident, but KMSP reports that the police were not wearing body cameras, and it's unclear if there is dashboard video of the incident. A state investigation is looking into what happened, but Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has requested that a federal civil rights investigation take place as well.
Police chief Janeé Harteau said that the department had reached out to Clark's family and community members. She said, "I want to acknowledge that this is a very difficult situation for everyone involved: For members of our community, members of the Minneapolis Police Department and their families, and for the people that are standing here beside me."
Protests on Monday night saw more than 50 people arrested after they blocked traffic on Interstate 94, shutting down the highway for two and a half hours. Protesters are also demonstrating outside the police precinct. They are angered over not enough details having been released about the shooting.