Mpls. Mayor Asks for Fed. Investigation into Officer-Involved Shooting

November 15, 2017 10:19 AM

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is asking the U.S. Attorney’s Office to open a civil rights investigation into this weekend’s officer-involved shooting of a black man.

Hodges says she has confidence in investigators within the department and with the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension but that the city needs "all the tools we have available to us."

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Hodges said she discussed the federal investigation with Gov. Mark Dayton, who agreed it was appropriate.

View footage of Monday afternoon's news conference here.

The father of 24-year-old Jamar Clark says his son suffered one gunshot wound above his left eye. James Hill told the Associated Press that he saw Clark's wounds while standing at his bedside on Monday.

“I love my son, and for him to get shot like that, that’s bad,” Hill said. “I really want to just, see some justice or something done.”

Minneapolis police say an officer shot Clark during a physical altercation with paramedics early Sunday morning; police say Clark interfered with paramedics' efforts to treat an assault victim.

The incident happened at 12:45 a.m. Sunday on the 1600 block of Plymouth Avenue North.

Clark has since been put on life support.

Investigation

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting, and investigators are gathering evidence to determine exactly what happened in the moments leading up to shots being fired.

Questions exist about whether Clark was handcuffed at the time. The BCA said Sunday that the preliminary investigation showed he was not, but at a news conference Monday outside the city's 4th Precinct, Adja Gildersleeve and Kandace Montgomery of Black Lives Matter said Clark was handcuffed and not resisting when he was shot.

Police and city leaders say misinformation is being spread about the shooting.

Protesters want an agency other than the BCA to investigate, they want community oversight with discipline power, and they want the officers to live in the city.

The ACLU-MN released a statement saying they are asking for "full transparency and accountability" moving forward, including a release of the video, naming of the officers involved and the launch of a full Department of Justice investigation. 

The president of the Minneapolis police union, Bob Kroll, says he can't identify the officers or talk about details of the shooting, and he says he doesn't know if they were wearing body cameras or if any squad car camera footage exists.

Kroll did, however, say he's confident that the investigation will vindicate the officers.

Protests

Hodges hosted a community listening session to open the lines of communication with those who live in the neighborhood, which got mixed reaction.

"We don't need no more listening sessions," Minneapolis resident John Martin said. "We tell the people that are listening, but now it is time for action. It's time for some action now, right now. We are sick and tired of this going on in our community."

Protests started about 3 p.m. Sunday and continued Monday in front of the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th Precinct, 1925 Plymouth Ave. N. Members of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, Minneapolis NAACP and Community United Against Police Brutality were among those demonstrating.

Police are asking anyone who saw the incident or with video to come forward.

“Those that saw – turn over your information to the BCA so we can find what really happened, what really went on," Martin said.

Editor’s Note: Organizers of a Black Lives Matter news conference Monday morning refused to allow our crews to cover the event. This does not affect our reporting. KSTP remains committed to covering all news that is important to our community, including reporting on tension between police and some residents. Regardless of any group's attempt to influence news coverage, we will always provide complete and unbiased coverage of all important news events.

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Jennie Lissarrague

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