Protesters rallied on the street of Minneapolis after it was announced that the officers involved in the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark would not be charged.
The decision came after weeks of racial tension which included an 18-day encampment outside the police precinct. Two white cops, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, who were involved in the shooting of Jamar Clark which has led to his death will not be criminally charged.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman commented that the shooting was justified. He also stated that Clark was not handcuffed when he was taken to the ground and shot, reported NBC News.
He said that the investigation revealed that Clark was not handcuffed at any time. He further stated that police were called to the scene as Clark was the suspect in a domestic assault case and was interfering with the treatment of the victim.
It was reported that Clark had assaulted his girlfriend and interfered with paramedics who tried to transport her to the hospital.
Freeman said, “Criminal charges are not warranted against either officer.”
Freeman also confirmed that Schwarze shot Clark while Ringgenberg scuffled with the African-American young man. He also added that Clark took control of the officer’s gun. Consequently, Ringgenberg had to tell Schwarze to open fire. Freeman’s announcement angered the community activists.
One of the demonstrators shouted at Freeman saying, “If the city burns down it’s on your hands.”
Witnesses said that Clark was handcuffed when he was shot in the head.
Clark’s cousin told CNN, “I feel like the story is being made up, and it’s all lies,” he told CNN. “My cousin would never tell the cops to kill him. His life was doing good. My cousin never told me he was ready to die.”
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said that people have the right to demonstrate peacefully.
She added, “today is a hard day for everyone in the city of Minneapolis. Many people are feeling hurt, anger, disappointment, frustration, mistrust in a system that has not worked for everyone. My heart breaks for the loss of Jamar Clark’s life and for the pain felt by everyone involved in this incident.”
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau confirmed that the two white officers were now assigned “non-enforcement duties.”
In yet another incident recently, an unarmed black man was fatally shot by police in Texas.