Gov. Dayton meets with Jamar Clark's family

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Gov. Dayton has met with Jamar Clark's family and Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, according to a statement released Saturday.

Dayton is encouraging them to meet with Department of Justice attorneys to discuss the release of video from the shooting. Department of Justice attorneys will visit Minnesota on Sunday.

"I will urge that the tapes be provided to the family and released to the public, as soon as doing so will not jeopardize the Department of Justice's investigation," Dayton said.

In his statement, Dayton reiterated his call for a special session to discuss racial disparities in the state.

Minneapolis Police Chief JaneƩ Harteau released a statement saying, "I fully support the actions of my officers. Any investigation, federal, state, or county into my officers' conduct at the 4th Precinct during this time will only confirm the strength of the work my officers did protecting both public safety and the freedom of speech."

Here is Gov. Dayton's full statement:

"I have met this afternoon with members of Mr. Jamar Clark's family, with the leaders of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, and with Congressman Keith Ellison. I expressed my sympathy to the members of Mr. Clark's family and his community for their loss.

"We were joined by telephone by Assistant United States Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Department's Civil Rights Division and Anthony Newby of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.

"The Assistant Attorney General repeated her statement last night that a release of any tapes now in the possession of the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension would be "extremely detrimental" to the federal investigation.

"Accordingly, I asked the family and Black Lives Matter leaders to meet with the Department of Justice Attorneys, who will be flying to Minnesota tomorrow, to discuss the disposition of the tapes.

"I will urge that the tapes be provided to the family and released to the public, as soon as doing so will not jeopardize the Department of Justice's investigation.

"I will also urge the Department of Justice lawyers and the U.S. Attorney to investigate any matters, which occurred in Minneapolis during the past week that may have violated the civil rights of any Minnesota citizens.

"I also reiterate my call for a Special Session of the Minnesota Legislature to address the racial disparities in North Minneapolis and elsewhere in Minnesota.

"And I will meet with leaders of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change in December."

Here is Police Chief JaneƩ Harteau's full statement:

"I've been in law enforcement for 29 years, and I've never seen more professionalism from police officers than has been displayed in Minneapolis at the 4th Precinct this week. I fully support the actions of my officers. Any investigation, federal, state, or county into my officers' conduct at the 4th Precinct during this time will only confirm the strength of the work my officers did protecting both public safety and the freedom of speech."


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