The Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark will not be disciplined by the police department for their actions that night.
An Internal Affairs investigation found the two officers – Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze – did not violate protocol on the night Clark was shot outside a residence, Police Chief Janeé Harteau said Friday afternoon, saying they found "no violations of MPD policy."
"After looking at all the evidence and all the verifiable facts in this case, I can say with absolute certainty that I fully support the actions of officers Ringgenberg and Schwarze the morning of Nov. 15," Harteau said.
Harteau said she decided the use of force was "necessary" to protect the safety of the officers.
"Jamar Clark was not handcuffed and DNA evidence does show Clark grabbed Officer Ringgenberg's holster and gun," the chief explained.
Harteau, who said she spoke with the Clark family Friday afternoon, also acknowledged the "devastating loss that left the Clark family without a son and brother," and also impacted the community of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges also commented on the investigation, saying she supports the decision and trusts the investigation's process.
She recognized that this long process has been a painful time for Clark's family, the officers and their families, as well as the community.
Lt. Bob Kroll noted the officers will be able to return to their normal duties.
If you'd like to read Harteau's full statement and more information on the Minneapolis Police Policy, click here.
Clark was shot and killed on Nov. 15, 2015, after officers responded to an assault call along Plymouth Avenue North in Minneapolis shortly before 1 a.m. Authorities have said Clark, 24 years old, interfered with paramedics at the scene trying to treat a victim.
Clark and the officers got into a physical altercation, during which authorities say Ringgenberg used a take-down technique to bring Clark to the ground. Although the MPD does not train officers to use the technique, the investigation determined it is not an "unauthorized technique."
Officers also said Clark was reaching for Ringgenberg's gun, which led to Schwarze firing his own weapon. Clark was unarmed, and there were differing witness accounts as to whether he was handcuffed – but multiple investigations determined evidence suggested he was not cuffed.
Protests, but no charges
Clark's shooting led to demonstrators holding protests – some of which turned violent – and camping out in front of the police department's 4th Precinct for more than two weeks.
The case was reviewed by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office to consider possible criminal charges against the officers. But in March, the county attorney said both officers acted reasonably in the situation, and charges were not warranted.
In June, the U.S. Attorney's Office also declined to bring charges, saying there was insufficient evidence to meet the legal standard for charges under federal civil rights laws.
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office provided all the public data it had – including multiple videos, search warrants, crime scene photos and more – on a page on its website.