Results of Internal Investigation in Jamar Clark Case Released
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis say two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black man last November won't face discipline.
Chief Janee Harteau announced the result of an internal investigation Friday at a news conference.
The investigation stemmed from the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark during a confrontation with two white police officers. Some witnesses told police that Clark was handcuffed at the time.
But an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that the officers had tried and failed to handcuff Clark, and he was shot in the ensuing confrontation after one of the officers shouted that Clark had his hand on the officer's gun.
Harteau said the officers didn't violate any policy and the use of deadly force was warranted.
The local county attorney and the U.S. attorney both declined to bring charges against the officers.
An attorney for the family of a black Minneapolis man who died in a confrontation with police last November says they're anguished that the officers involved won't face departmental discipline.
Police said Friday that an internal investigation found that the two officers, both white, followed proper procedure in the events leading up to the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.
Albert Goins, an attorney for Clark's sister Tiffany Roberson, says the family is frustrated. He questioned the thoroughness of the department's investigation and said a civil lawsuit is forthcoming.
Some witnesses told police that Clark was handcuffed when he was shot, and his death set off weeks of protests. But an outside investigation by the state Department of Criminal Apprehension found that officers had tried but failed to handcuff Clark and the shooting came after he had his hand on an officer's gun.