Vigil for Jamar Clark Held in North Minneapolis 1 Year after Police Shooting

November 16, 2016 08:51 AM

Family and friends gathered Tuesday evening in North Minneapolis at the spot where Jamar Clark was shot by police officers one year ago. The 24-year-old died the next day. KSTP's Beth McDonough covered the vigil remembering Clark's life. 

His favorite colors were red and black, and balloons in his honor were released as the crowd chanted "11-15, 11-15." 

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In just 61 seconds 365 days ago, the confrontation between Clark and Minneapolis police created a racial divide like none other in the city. His death still stings for many and that's why the vigil was organized. 

It looked like a block party, but it was more than that, it was community therapy. For his biological mom, the memorial meant a renewed call for accountability. 

RELATED: MPD Chief Discusses Changes, Future 1 Year after Jamar Clark's Death

McDonough asked Irma Burns, what is justice in your eyes?

"Justice in my eyes is this not happening to somebody else's son, whether black, white, yellow or whatever, that's justice to me," Burns said.

There were speakers and prayers for peace. The vigil was part of a week's worth of events remembering Clark, and calling for prosecutors to take a second look at the officer-involved shooting.  


Brent Palm and Beth McDonough

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