Jamar Clark's family files lawsuit against officers who killed him

The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.

Jamar Clark's family has filed a lawsuit against the two officers involved with his death.

The federal lawsuit, filed Thursday, accuses Minneapolis police officers Dustin Schwarze and Mark Ringgenberg of "unreasonable use of excessive force," and is seeking monetary damages in Clark's death.

The suit argues Ringgenberg and Schwarze could have immobilized Clark, adding that Clark was smaller than the officers and he was unarmed and outnumbered.

Clark was killed on Nov. 15, 2015, during a confrontation with the officers who had responded to a disturbance call at a North Minneapolis apartment complex. The officers said Clark tried to grab for Ringgenberg's gun, so Schwarze shot him in the head. Clark was taken off life support the next day.

Both Schwarze and Ringgenberg were not charged with a crime, and were also cleared in local and federal investigations.

Clark's death sparked a weeks of protests outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct, and even a year after his death many in the community continued to demand justice for Clark's death.

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