Civil Lawsuit Expected in Jamar Clark Case

October 21, 2016 10:29 PM

The officers involved in the deadly shooting of Jamar Clark last November will not be disciplined.

Friday marks the end of a months long internal investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department. 


They have been reviewing the case since Hennepin County cleared the officers earlier this year, and agree the officers should not face discipline.

"There's a high percentage of findings both from a county charging decision and from an internal fairs process, a high percentage of outcomes that are favorable to the officer," Minneapolis attorney Andrew Noel said. 

Noel says once both investigations are closed, the evidence is now open for review.

Noel says he's not surprised with the decision, but we learned the family does plan to file a civil suit, and that attorney says this case still has legs.

"Those two decisions would not dissuade me from bringing a Federal case," Noel said. 

That's why the attorney representing some of Clark's siblings is taking the next step.

"To sue them for violating Jamar Clark's civil rights by taking his life," said Albert Goins, an attorney who is representing some of Clark's siblings. 

What's next? A civil lawsuit despite a police investigation that already found Clark's DNA on the gun and declaring the use of deadly force was justified.

"I would still want to take a look at all of the evidence and decide when it's subjected to the proper scrutiny and the proper test which is an objective test, would a claim by the plaintiffs be justified," Noel said. 

It's something some believe could be the ultimate test towards accountability.

"Even though the people in official Minnesota seem to want it to be over, it's not over," Goins said. 

Police say the internal investigation was handled by two internal affairs officers. 

Goins told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS many of his clients weren't necessarily surprised to learn of the decision by Minneapolis Police, but said they will file that civil lawsuit, although he didn't say when.


Brett Hoffland

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