Officials investigating the shooting death of Jamar Clark by police have reaffirmed that no video evidence will be released while their probe is ongoing.
Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger issued a statement in association with the FBI and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights that addresses the demands being made by protesters that have been camped outside Minneapolis' 4th Precinct station since Sunday.
"As is our practice in conducting investigations into allegations of constitutional violations committed under color of law, experienced federal prosecutors and FBI agents are conducting a thorough review of all evidence in this case. That includes interviewing relevant witnesses, reviewing relevant information, and pursuing leads. We are doing so in a manner that ensures the integrity of the investigation and the reliability of the information obtained."
"Release of any evidence, including any video, during an ongoing investigation would be extremely detrimental to the investigation. We are conducting our investigation in a fair, thorough, and expeditious manner."
The FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are conducting an independent investigation into the 24-year-old's death, which protesters from groups including Black Lives Matter and NAACP say occurred while he was handcuffed – a claim police deny.
Tensions rise early on Saturday morning
One of the protesters' key demands has been to release surveillance and witness videos of the shooting, which occurred after Clark is said to have interfered with paramedics as they tried to treat a woman he is suspected of assaulting.
It was explained earlier this week that releasing the tapes could prejudice the statements given by witnesses, as it would increase the chances they would describe what was seen on the footage, rather than what they actually witnessed.
Minnesota law also states that evidence collected in possible criminal investigation cases are considered confidential and "protected nonpublic" while an investigation is active.
Nonetheless the protesters' calls have been joined by several public figures, including the national president of the NAACP Cornell Brooks and Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.
The standoff between protesters and police have proved more peaceful in the past two nights after altercations on Wednesday, although on Saturday morning Black Lives Matter has been tweeting since 5 a.m. that police have began to mobilize again at the 4th Precinct.
It claims that officers are preparing to remove protesters who have braved the overnight cold, with temperatures dipping into the mid-to-high teens.
Video footage shows that concrete barricades have been erected on a road beside the 4th Precinct.