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July arrest of Jamar Clark detailed, as activists continue push for video


Jamar Clark, whose fatal shooting by police last month sparked rallies and protests, was arrested in July after leading police on a chase in a stolen car, according to reports.

WCCO obtained dash cam video of the arrest by Minneapolis police, and breaks down a lot of what's happening in the footage.

It shows a pursuit through a residential neighborhood, which stops in a yard. The driver, identified as Clark, gets out of the vehicle with his hands up and is taken to the ground by a police officer.

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After his arrest, he claimed police punched him multiple times and said he was unconscious. According to the Star Tribune, the incident report filed by police says the officer punched Clark once in the face then handcuffed him.

A lot of what happened after Clark is taken to the ground is not in frame in the dash cam video.

Two teenagers were also in the car at the time, WCCO reports. Neither were injured.

Clark was charged with fleeing a police officer.

The police department's Internal Affairs department is investigating, part of its normal procedure, the Star Tribune says.


" target="_blank">Minneapolis Police Department put out a statement saying it did not give the footage to WCCO.

Update on protests, shooting charges

Clark's death sparked an occupation of the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct and multiple rallies and marches.

MPR recently spoke with multiple witnesses about the night of the shooting. Four people told the news organization Clark was subdued or handcuffed at the time, which contrasts sharply with what officials have said.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau has said there was a confrontation between Clark and police, after he interfered with paramedics at the scene who had responded to a suspected assault. The head of the Minneapolis Police Union told the Star Tribune three days after the shooting Clark was attempting to disarm one of the officers and was not handcuffed when police shot him.

Though the occupation of the Fourth Precinct in North Minneapolis was broken up last week, activists (including Black Lives Matter) are still pushing for authorities to release surveillance footage from when Clark was shot, on social media using the hashtag #releasethetapes. Officials have said that will not happen until the investigation is complete.

The Associated Press meanwhile detailed what it describes as a "riff" within the activist community over how to proceed.

Gov. Mark Dayton saw one video and called it "inconclusive."

Booking photos of shooting suspects released

The Minneapolis Police Department released mug shots of the men charged in connection with a shooting near the Fourth Precinct protests, nearly two weeks after their arrest.

From left to right:

  • Allen Scarsella, 23, of Lakeville, is charged with one count of second-degree riot and five counts of second-degree assault.
  • Joseph Backman, 27, of Eagan, is charged with one count of second-degree riot.
  • Daniel Macey, 26, of Pine City, is charged with one count of second-degree riot.
  • Nathan Gustavsson, 21, of Hermantown, is charged with one count of second-degree riot.

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