Protestors Want Minneapolis Police Accountability Council as Jamar Clark Anniversary Nears

October 20, 2017 09:13 PM

As the second anniversary approaches for the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark by a Minneapolis police officer, family and protesters demand justice gathered at Minneapolis City Council meeting Friday.

The group proposed a new accountability committee to keep the city's police department accountable.

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Irma Burns, Clark's mother feels a sense of pain and disappointment nearly two years after her son's death.

 

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"What happened was wrong and I still want justice for my son," Burns said. "I still keep the visions and memories of my son alive." 

Two officers involved in the case were not criminally charged.

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Burns is a member of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice organization. 

On Friday, Burns and several members of the organization stormed into a council meeting demanding that their voices be heard. 

The organization is proposing the creation of an all elected Minneapolis Police Accountability Council. 

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MPAC would not only investigate all complaints and police shootings, but it would have the final authority on discipline in the MPD. 

City council members did not respond to the proposal during the meeting.

But council member Lisa Bender said efforts to make change are being undertaken. 

"I think about Jamar all the time. And we are doing the deep work in our police department but it takes time," Bender said. "People are afraid to call the police because they don't know what's going to happen and that is absolutely something we have to correct.

"So, I think the community will start to see even more visibly the changes we are making inside the department."

The MPAC proposal may be discussed in a future public community hearing. 

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Cleo Greene and Matt Belanger

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