Minneapolis Police Say 5 Shot Near Protest Scene

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Civil Rights Groups Says It’s Gathered 70,000 Signatures For The Release Of Video.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five people have been shot near the site of an ongoing protest over the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer, a Minneapolis Police Department spokesman said. MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A national civil rights group says it’s amassed nearly 70,000 signatures demanding that leaders in Minnesota release video of the Jamar Clark shooting. The head of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP says the governor’s comments about video from the night of Jamar Clark’s shooting reinforce the public’s need to see the footage for themselves and draw their own conclusions. The group ColorOfChange has a petition on its website, calling for Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety release to videos of the Nov. 15 shooting. Mark Dayton said Monday that footage from an ambulance at the scene where an unarmed black man was fatally shot by police appeared to be inconclusive. “I’ve seen the tape.

Nekima Levy-Pounds said in a statement posted on Facebook that the public should see the video, rather than rely on the perspective of one government official who is not a trained expert. The Star Tribune reported the shootings occurred near an alley about a block away from the 4th Precinct station, where protesters have been conducting a sit-in since the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15. Authorities say the 24-year-old Clark was shot during a struggle with police, but some people who say they saw the shooting allege Clark was handcuffed. A police union official contended Clark was trying to grab an officer’s gun when he was shot. “It’s basically the camera’s looking out the back door of the ambulance for the purpose of photographing what would occur in the back of the ambulance, and there’s just a very brief fragment where Mr. Clark and one of the officers encounter each other and then they disappear from sight and there’s no other view of them until one of the officers—and there’s no audio—it appears after the shot was fired one of the officers comes back into the point of view.” “I told them, I give you my oath on my word of honor there’s nothing in there that’s going to provide any confirmation that officers acted as some alleged they did.” Dayton declined to elaborate on the nature of Clark’s encounter with officers, and would not go into more detail as to what he saw on the tape.

Justice Department is also investigating. “It’s my responsibility, knowing this is a very, very volatile situation.” He said, adding that he does not believe his viewing of the footage could jeopardize the investigation. “We’re teetering on the brink of a very, very volatile situation and I want to know everything I possibly can, or need to know, to make the best informed decision I possibly can to protect public safety, and that’s what I did.” Authorities have said releasing the tapes could prejudice witnesses—which Dayton said he conveyed to Clark’s family. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven has said agents are gathering facts, interviewing witnesses and considering all available evidence to determine whether there was a federal criminal violation. But it’s a high legal standard to meet because an accident, bad judgment or simple negligence on the officer’s part isn’t enough to bring federal charges. Tuesday evening, there will be a community concert featuring Sounds of Blackness at the precinct and Wednesday, faith leaders and grief counselors will be at the precinct to offer support to those who attend Clark’s funeral.

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