Vigil for Jamar Clark held at Mpls. police precinct

Candlelight vigil for Jamar Clark

MINNEAPOLIS - National NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks joined activists from the Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and community leaders for a Friday night vigil in memory of Jamar Clark.

"As I travel across this country, what I've seen in Ferguson, in Staten Island, in north Charleston, in Cleveland, in Los Angeles, in Chicago -- what we've seen over and over and over again is a generation of people who are saying enough is enough," Brooks told the crowd.

Clark was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after an altercation early Sunday morning.

The shooting has sparked community protests and calls for justice.

Hundreds of people gathered for Friday evening's candlelight vigil, which was held at the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct headquarters in the city's northside.

Protesters have been camping outside and protesting all week just outside the police precinct.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and F.B.I. sent out a news release Friday night explaining why they won't release videotapes in the Clark case for now.

Here's the statement:

"The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota, Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and FBI Minneapolis Division are conducting an independent investigation into whether the death of Jamar Clark violated any federal criminal statutes.

As is our practice in conducting investigations into allegations of constitutional violations committed under color of law, experienced federal prosecutors and FBI agents are conducting a thorough review of all evidence in this case.

That includes interviewing relevant witnesses, reviewing relevant information, and pursuing leads. We are doing so in a manner that ensures the integrity of the investigation and the reliability of the information obtained.

Release of any evidence, including any video, during an ongoing investigation would be extremely detrimental to the investigation. We are conducting our investigation in a fair, thorough, and expeditious manner."


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