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Minneapolis: Protests Erupt After No Charges for Cops Who Killed Jamar Clark

HeadlineMar 31, 2016

In Minneapolis, hundreds of people took to the streets Wednesday night after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced no charges will be filed against the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death last fall of Jamar Clark, an unarmed 24-year-old African American. Clark was shot in the head after a scuffle with officers who responded to a report of an assault. In announcing the decision, the prosecutor rejected claims by multiple witnesses that Clark was shot while handcuffed. Clark’s death sparked a series of protests in Minneapolis, including a weeks-long occupation outside the 4th Police Precinct. On Wednesday, hundreds gathered to protest the lack of charges against the officers.

Protesters: “I am a revolutionary! I am a revolutionary!”

Jamar Clark’s family also spoke out against the lack of charges and rejected prosecutor Freeman’s claims that Clark placed his hand on an officer’s gun during the scuffle. This is Jamar’s cousin, Cameron, saying Freeman has blood on his hands.

Cameron Clark: “There’s blood on Mike Freeman’s hands. I can’t control what the city—we’ve been [inaudible] for four months. We’re tired of this. And y’all supposed to be protecting and serving. Y’all are not protecting. Y’all is the biggest gang. Y’all are killing us. And y’all get to get away with it.”

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