March 31, 2016 07:21 AM
The local investigation into the Jamar Clark case is done after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday that the officers involved would not be charged in the 24-year-old’s shooting death.
However, there is still a federal civil rights criminal investigation ongoing with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger says prosecutors will review the same evidence, collect their own evidence, and determine if the police officers intentionally denied Clark his civil rights during the deadly shooting.
"They will then have to make a decision: Do we have additional evidence that rises to a different level and requires a different decision?," Heffelfinger said.
Minneapolis police requested the Department of Justice investigate their response to protesters. No criminal charges will result from that investigation, only a review of how police handled the demonstrations.
“It's almost always critical. We didn't get a pound of flesh over here but we can get a pound of flesh over there—they are doing it to appease community groups and activists," former Missouri Police Chief Tim Finch said.
Finch says after the Ferguson unrest, the Department of Justice should have released their findings when the locals did.
"I think it would have went a long way to preventing a lot of the violence we saw."
Now, Minneapolis waits for an answer from Washington.
Eric Chaloux & Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: March 31, 2016 07:21 AM
Created: March 30, 2016 10:02 PM
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