The shooting of Jamar Clark


Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man, was shot by Minneapolis police Sunday and died the next day from a gunshot wound to the head, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has said Clark was not armed, but what happened in the lead-up to the shooting is unclear.

Activists claim he was handcuffed at the time, something police have disputed. Police say he interfered with paramedics trying to help a victim in a suspected assault, and in the ensuing struggle was shot by an officer. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said handcuffs were recovered from the scene, but are investigating whether they were on Clark's body when the shooting occurred.

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.

Later, the lawyer for one of the officers identified as being involved in Clark's shooting put out a statement, which was shared by the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. It claims Clark would not comply with officers, refused to show his hands, and resisted arrest. When the officers tried to detain him Clark took control of one of their service weapons, the release says, and was given "multiple opportunities to desist."

The statement also says Clark was not handcuffed at the time.

Clark's death sparked major protests outside the Fourth Precinct police station and on Interstate 94 by Black Lives Matter and other activists.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the shooting along with the FBI and Department of Justice, identified the officers involved as Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze. Both have been police officers for seven years, including 13 months each with the Minneapolis Police Department.

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