Father of Jamar Clark Sues Officers Involved in Shooting

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June 13, 2019 12:28 PM

The father of Jamar Clark, a black man who was shot by Minneapolis police in November 2015, is suing the two officers involved in the shooting, claiming unreasonable use of excessive force, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

The lawsuit says James Clark is seeking a money judgment against officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze.


Jamar Clark died after he was shot by Schwarze during a struggle in November 2015.

RELATED: Officers Did Not Violate MPD Policies in Jamar Clark Shooting

Police said Clark was interfering with the paramedics who were treating a woman Clark was accused of assaulting. A police union spokesman said 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.

The lawsuit claims Riggenberg and Schwarze deprived Clark of his rights, and the two officers could have used non-lethal methods to immobilize Clark.

RELATED: Jamar Clark's Adoptive Parents Unhappy with Decision

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by a jury.

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