State investigators told to expand probe into Jamar Clark shooting


The investigation into the shooting of Jamar Clark is being expanded on the say-so of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

The Star Tribune reports Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to look further into the shooting death of the 24-year-old by police in November.

Freeman told the newspaper his office found "a number things were not completed" in the BCA's initial investigation and were sent back, adding: "New things have to be investigated."

In a statement to BringMeTheNews, the county attorney's office said it is "not prepared to speculate" if the move will delay Freeman's decision on whether any charges will be brought in the case.

Earlier this month, when the BCA finished its investigation, Freeman said he'd like to have a decision by the end of March. The attorney's office says it would let the public know if Freeman won't have a decision by then.

According to MPR News, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said it is not unusual for an attorney's office to come back for more information from the state, saying it's "part of the prosecutorial review process. That's why this remains an open and active investigation."

In spite of the request for additional investigation, the attorney's office told BringMeTheNews the BCA and FBI have done "a very thorough investigation."

Clark's death sparked protests outside the Fourth Police Precinct in North Minneapolis, with activists from groups including Black Lives Matter, the NAACP and ACLU calling for the release of video footage amid claims Clark was handcuffed when he was shot.

A police union meanwhile countered that Clark was reaching for an officer's gun.

Police were responding to a call that Clark had assaulted a woman, and the 24-year-old was said to have been impeding paramedics as they tried to help the victim.

The Star Tribune notes Freeman has previously hinted he could pass the case to a grand jury, despite calls from activists to bypass that process amid skepticism over decisions made by grand juries following other shootings of black people by police in other cities.

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