The shooting of Jamar Clark has left his family and the people of Minneapolis on edge as authorities continue to withhold footage of the fatal police encounter.
According to Fox 9, Clark was taken off life support on Monday evening with his parents Irma Jean and James Hill by his bedside. The 24-year-old was shot in the head when two officers attempted to restrain him during a domestic incident early Sunday in North Minneapolis.
Police say Clark was not handcuffed when he was shot, witnesses at the scene, however, beg to differ.
On Wednesday, the officers involved in the shooting were identified as Officer Mark Ringgenberg and Officer Dustin Schwarze. Both had served thirteen months with the Minneapolis Police Department. They remain on administrative leave.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office declared Clark died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Initial reports claimed there were no recordings of the shooting, but footage obtained by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was pulled from nearby housing buildings. However, Minnesota BCA superintendent Drew Evans told reporters that none of the footage captures the entire shooting, and video won’t be released until the investigation is complete.
Fox 9 reports:
“[We] don’t want to taint the interviews that may be ongoing with witnesses in this case and by having the videos being public we may potentially taint portions of the investigation,” Evans said.
Clark was reportedly unarmed. Handcuffs were also found at the scene.
“We’re still examining whether [the handcuffs] were on Mr. Clark or if they just fell out at the scene. That’s what we are trying to assert,” said Evans.
The BCA claims the investigation will take two to four months to complete. The Atlantic reports that Mayor Betsy Hodges has asked the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to launch an investigation. Since Sunday, the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis chapter has rallied behind the Clark family, including supporting the witness account that Clark was handcuffed when he was killed, prompting critics to question if deadly force was justified.
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