|Cop walk in Jamar Clark shooting.|
How many more innocent victims?
When will there be accountability for those who wear the badge?
We shed tears for those who were killed! But who pays the price for those who are killed in their so-called justification?
Jamar Clark was shot and killed by the Minneapolis Police Department. Witnesses say that Jamar was killed as he was handcuffed. The grand jury decided that the officers didn't commit murder.
Two police officers, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, were involved in the shooting and were subsequently placed in the freezer. The night after the shooting, Clark died at a local hospital after being taken off life support.
In response to the shooting, #BlackLivesMatter organized protests outside the Fourth Precinct police station that lasted for 18 days, as well as other protests and demonstrations in and around Minneapolis. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that cases concerning officer-involved shootings would no longer be put before grand juries. On March 30, 2016, Freeman announced that no charges would be filed against Ringgenberg and Schwarze.
|Cop walk for two who claimed Jamar reached for the gun.|
Clark, 24, a black man, was shot in the head during the scuffle.
Officers told Clark to take his hands out of his pockets and he wouldn’t. Ringgenberg, who had initially drawn his gun, put it back in the holster and grabbed Clark’s right wrist. Schwarze grabbed Clark’s other arm and dropped his handcuffs while trying to cuff him. Ringgenberg then tried a takedown move of Clark, and they both fell to the ground with Ringgenberg’s back to Clark’s stomach.
Ringgenberg felt his holstered gun go from his hip to the small of his back. Ringgenberg reached back and felt Clark’s hand on his gun. He repeatedly told Schwarze: “He’s got my gun, he’s got my gun.”
Schwarze put his gun to edge of Clark’s mouth and said, “Let go or I’m going to shoot you.”
They said that his DNA was placed on the holster of the officer's firearm.
The shooting led to international attention, widespread local protests, and an 18-day encampment outside the police department’s Fourth Precinct in north Minneapolis, near the site of the shooting.
Police chief Janeé Harteau said her department and other law enforcement agencies have several contingency plans in place should police action against protesters be necessary. “Officers will exercise restraint,” she said. “Their actions will be based on the actions of others.”
In a prelude to rolling out the evidence followed by his decision, Freeman nodded to the spate of killings of black citizens by police officers in Chicago, Cleveland and elsewhere in the past year or so, saying, “This case is not at all similar to others seen around the country,” he said. The officers “did not have an opportunity to withdraw” from the physical conflict with Clark.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services office announced that they would be conducting a review of the way the city handled the November protests.
|#BlackLivesMatter plans to disrupt businesses.|
Later in March, in preparation for Freeman's office's announcement about whether they would be pursing charges against Ringgenberg and Schwarze, Harteau released a video warning against "violence or disruption" based on Freeman's actions.
These incidents make it harder for law enforcement to gain support from communities of color.
These issues aren't mentioned by the Republicans. They're too busy trying to tear away constitutional rights from Americans who demand police reform.
Rest in peace Jamar Clark, the system failed you and many others.
World News Today send our condolences to the family of Jamar Clark.