Hundreds Attend Funeral for Man Shot by Police
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several hundred people turned out for the funeral of a Minneapolis man killed in a confrontation with police, cheering and applauding speakers who said Jamar Clark's death would not be in vain.
Bishop Richard Howell praised protesters for pressure that he said helped get a federal civil rights investigation and the names of the officers involved.
Howell told mourners during Wednesday's funeral that what's needed now is a special state legislative session to address the needs of Minnesota's minority community. To a standing ovation, Howell said: "Jamar, your life did and does have purpose."
The 24-year-old Clark died in what police say was a scuffle with officers responding to an assault in which he was a suspect. Some community members allege he was handcuffed, which police dispute.
The funeral procession Clark went past the police station where activists protesting his death have been camped out for days.
Vehicles in the procession from Jamar Clark's funeral service to a cemetery honked their horns as they went past the protesters, who shouted "Justice for Jamar" in return.
Law enforcement officials say Minneapolis police have a fourth person in custody in the shootings of five Black Lives Matter protesters but that a decision on whether to file charges won't come before Monday.
Police said Wednesday they had taken a 27-year-old man into custody, but released no other details. Police announced a day earlier that three white men — ages 26, 23 and 21 — were in custody.
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says prosecutors were granted an extension to consider charges in the case, but that no decision would be made before Monday.
The protesters were shot after they confronted several people near the north side police precinct that has been the site of demonstrations since police fatally shot 24-year-old Jamar Clark. None of the protesters suffered life-threatening injuries.