November 15, 2017 10:43 AM
Minnesota authorities have completed their investigation into the November fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police officers.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Wednesday that it turned the results of its investigation 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.
Twenty-four-year-old Jamar Clark was shot Nov. 15 during what authorities said was a struggle. He died a day later. Some who say they saw the shooting have said that Clark was handcuffed. The Minneapolis Police Federation insists he wasn't cuffed and the shooting was justified.
On Wednesday, Clark's parents, who raised and adopted him, reacted publicly for the first time.
"It's just hard to take that your son was put out of this world behind the gun of a police officer, that's the hardest thing that we can't believe," Clark's father James Clark said. "And take in that he's gone from us."
James and Wilma Clark talked with the FBI, BCA and Minneapolis police. More than than anyone, they want to know about the state's findings that have been passed onto the Hennepin County Attorneys Office for review, and perhaps, more investigation.
Two prosecutors will handle the case. One will present evidence, including all the footage of the shooting to a grand jury. The other will write a report on the case, which will be released to the public along with the grand jury decision.
"I'm glad something is going to be done because what they did shouldn't have ever happened in my opinion," Wilma Clark said. "It should've never happened, I think they could've done something else besides shoot him in the face."
The two officers involved in the shooting returned to work Jan. 6, as required by an arbitrator.
Clark's death prompted protests in Minneapolis, including an 18-day occupation outside the local police precinct where demonstrators demanded that video of the shooting be released.
Tuesday, the ACLU and NAACP filed a lawsuit calling on the release of the videotapes.
As for the Clarks, they say they just want justice.
"I just want justice; I am not a prejudiced person or against white people or anything, I treat everybody with love and respect, I just want the truth to come out," James Clark said.