TIMELINE: Key Events in the Jamar Clark Case

March 20, 2017 10:46 AM

Here's a timeline of key events in the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark:

Nov. 15, 2015: Clark died after he was shot by a Minneapolis officer during what authorities said was a struggle. Police say Clark was interfering with the paramedics who were treating a woman who Clark was accused of assaulting. A police union spokesman says Clark was shot after reaching for an officer's gun, but several people who say they witnessed the shooting insist Clark was handcuffed and not resisting arrest at the time he was shot.


Nov. 16, 2015: Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office to open a civil rights investigation into Clark's shooting. Hodges said she has confidence in investigators within the department and with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension but that the city needs "all the tools we have available to us."

That same day, protests spilled onto Interstate 94, closing the westbound lanes between Plymouth and Broadway avenues in Minneapolis. Minneapolis police say 42 people were arrested, including eight juveniles.

Nov. 17, 2015: The Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined Clark died of a gunshot wound to the head and ruled his death as a homicide.

Nov. 18-19, 2015: The protest continued to grow at the 4th Precinct in Minneapolis, prompting Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau to warn that “violence will not be tolerated” after reports of police cars being damaged and windows being broken. Harteau said police believed they were "dealing with anarchists."

Nov. 22, 2015: Prosecutors with the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division flew to Minnesota to investigate the Jamar Clark case.

Nov. 23, 2015: Five people were shot near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct in the city’s north side. All victims had injuries that were not life threatening.

Nov. 24, 2015: Hundreds of protesters marched from the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct to Minneapolis City Hall. The march was organized by Black Lives Matter.

Nov. 25, 2015: Clark's funeral was held at a north Minneapolis church.

Nov. 30, 2015: The four men arrested in connection to the shooting near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct were charged.

Dec. 3, 2015: Minneapolis police arrested eight people as they cleared the protest site that had been near the 4th Precinct for 18 days. Police gave protesters, who had set up tents and were staying warm with fires, about 10 minutes to leave on their own before they moved in wearing riot gear. Hodges said "it was time."

Dec. 23, 2015: Protesters blocked roads and caused significant holiday traffic delays around the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after staging a rally that briefly shut down part of the nation's largest mall. Police said eight people were arrested at the airport in relation to the protest, where officials said access to one of two terminals was blocked, causing backups on nearby roads. Some protesters took a light-rail train to the airport from the Mall of America, where protesters started the Black Lives Matter rally to bring attention to Clark's shooting.

Feb. 2, 2016: Hodges and Harteau asked for an independent review by the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The program promotes improvements to officers' ties with communities.

Feb. 10, 2016: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced it turned the results of its investigation over to prosecutors, who have said they would present the case to a grand jury for possible charges against the officers involved. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says he'd like a charging decision by the end of March.

March 16, 2016: Freeman announced that the Jamar Clark case will not be presented to a grand jury. Instead, Freeman himself will decide if the Minneapolis police officers involved in Clark’s death will be charged. Freeman also said that grand jury proceedings will no longer be used in any police shooting cases in Hennepin County.


Jennie Lissarrague

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