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ACLU, NAACP file lawsuit to force release of video in Jamar Clark shooting

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ACLU Minnesota and the NAACP's Minneapolis chapter have filed a lawsuit against two state agencies to force the release of video footage in the Jamar Clark case.

Minneapolis police shot Clark on Nov. 15, 2015, and he died the next day. His death prompted #Justice4Jamar demonstrations at the Fourth Precinct police station in north Minneapolis, as well as protests and marches downtown, as well as at Mall of America and the airport.

Activists have called for the release of video of the shooting, among other things, which they say will clear up debate over whether Clark was restrained when he was shot in the head – witnesses say he was handcuffed, but police have disputed that claim.

Officials have said there is video from the night of the shooting, but it won't be released until the investigation is over because it could contaminate witness accounts of the incident. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he saw the video, but called it inconclusive.

Now the hope for ACLU Minnesota and the NAACP is that this lawsuit, filed against the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, will force police video footage to be released, according to a news release.

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The lawsuit asks the court to require the state agencies to comply with Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and release the videos of the shooting as soon as possible, arguing "the benefit to the public from the release of the videos greatly outweighs any potential harm to the public, to the BCA, and to the individuals captured on the videos."

The ACLU and the NAACP have sent requests to access the video, but they were denied, the lawsuit notes.

Dayton says airport protesters shouldn't be charged

Meanwhile Dayton is weighing in on criminal charges connected to the Dec. 23 protest at airport.

KSTP reports the governor told the Metropolitan Airports Commission they should not press charges against people who took part.

Dayton did however say he'd support the commission to help make clear that any future similar incident "would be taken very seriously," and could lead to charges, FOX 9 reports.

Demonstrators assembled outside both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, which led to traffic issues (both with regular vehicles and the Light Rail).

Benefit for Jamar Clark Tuesday night

On Tuesday night, artists will be performing at the "Break the Silence! Honoring Jamar Clark Benefit Show."

The benefit is being held from 7-10 p.m. at the Capri Theater on West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, the Facebook event says.

Attendees are asked to pay what they can, noting entry fees will be donated to support Clark's case. Donations can also be made online here.

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