Precinct protest continues, Mayor requests DOJ probe

Protesters pledge justice for Jamar Clark

MINNEAPOLIS - The mayor of Minneapolis says she's requested a federal civil rights investigation into the weekend shooting of a black man by police.

Mayor Betsy Hodges says she has confidence in investigators within the department and with the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. But Hodges says the city needs "all the tools we have available to us."

Twenty-four-year-old Jamar Clark was shot in the head early Sunday. Police say they were responding to a domestic assault when Clark, a suspect in that incident, interfered with medical personnel and scuffled with officers. Family told KARE 11 Clark was taken off life-support Monday night.

Protesters camped outside the 4th Precinct Monday night.

"Our tax dollars make this building exist so the community answered our call and they're here," one protester said. Some protesters were seen burning an American flag Monday night.

Protesters are demanding the release of the names of those officers involved and release a surveillance tape that may have captured what led to the shooting of Clark. 

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says the two officers involved were not wearing body cameras.

Harteau declined to talk about surveillance video or say whether the officers' squad car had a camera that might have captured the shooting.

Some community members and activists say Clark was handcuffed when he was shot, and they staged protests that continued Monday.

In a statement, Gov. Mark Dayton said, "I support the decision to request the involvement of the U.S. Department of Justice. While I have complete confidence in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, bringing to bear all available resources will ensure justice for all parties."

 


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