Announcement Expected Wednesday in Jamar Clark Case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials in Minneapolis are set to announce whether they believe the civil rights of a 24-year-old black man were violated last November in a confrontation with two police officers during which he was fatally shot.
Officials will make the announcement Wednesday in the case of Jamar Clark. His death in November sparked weeks of protests and an 18-day occupation outside a police precinct.
Some onlookers said Clark was handcuffed when he was shot. But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman declined to charge the two officers involved. He said forensic evidence backed their accounts that Clark wasn't handcuffed and had his hand on an officer's gun.
The law sets a high bar to charge officers for a civil rights violation. An accident, bad judgment or simple negligence isn't enough.