Dayton: Shooting video is 'inconclusive'

Gov. Dayton comments on Jamar Clark video

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he's seen video recorded on the night a black man was shot by a Minneapolis police officer, but that the footage is inconclusive.

Dayton said Monday that he watched video recorded by an ambulance that was at the scene of Jamar Clark's shooting on Nov. 15. Authorities say the 24-year-old Clark was shot during a struggle with police, but some people who says they saw the shooting allege Clark was handcuffed.

Protesters and Clark's relatives are calling for investigators to release video of the incident.

Dayton says he watched less than a minute of footage Friday. He declined to describe it, but said it doesn't completely exonerate police or support claims that Clark was handcuffed.

Dayton says he described the "inconclusiveness" of the video to Clark's family during a weekend meeting.

"I told them, 'I give you my oath on my word of honor, there's nothing in there that's going to provide any confirmation from this view that the officers acted as some allege they did,'" Dayton said.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Ben Petok said Monday that his office and the FBI are working with the U.S. Department of Justice to determine if there were any criminal civil rights violations during the Nov. 15 shooting of Jamar Clark.

The shooting has prompted ongoing protests and calls for the prosecution of two police officers involved in the shooting.

FBI spokesman Kyle Loven has said agents are gathering facts, interviewing witnesses and considering all available evidence to determine whether there was a federal criminal violation.

Such investigations involve looking into whether police intentionally violated a person's civil rights through excessive force. But it's a high legal standard to meet because an accident, bad judgment or simple negligence on the officer's part isn't enough to bring federal charges.

The head of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP says the governor's comments about video from the night of Jamar Clark's shooting reinforce the public's need to see the footage for themselves and draw their own conclusions.

Nekima Levy-Pounds said in a statement posted on Facebook that the public should see the video, rather than rely on the perspective of one government official who is not a trained expert.

 

 

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