Protest Outside North Minneapolis Police Precinct Enters Day 7

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Minneapolis Police Kill Unarmed Black Man: Cops Identified, Videos Not Released.

MINNEAPOLIS — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked days of demonstrations (all times local): In a joint statement Friday night, they backed up state and local investigators who have rebuffed protesters demands for the release of videos of the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Sunday.

Attorney Andy Luger; the assistant attorney general for civil rights, Vanita Gupta; and the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis office, Richard Thornton. Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, said “coming together shows we can achieve justice.” She told Friday’s crowd she wants police to treat community with respect, “as if we were members of your own family.” Also Friday, Minnesota Gov. Jamar Clark, who police initially claimed to have been handcuffed at the time he was shot, died on November 16 after he, according to his family, was removed from life support.

They say release of any information, including any video, would be “extremely detrimental” to the independent investigation that the Justice Department and FBI are conducting into whether Clark’s death violated any federal laws. Dayton said the meeting was constructive and officials talked about steps they could take, such as community policing, to prevent a similar tragedy in the future. “I take this very, very seriously. The officer’s involved in the shooting–of which only one reportedly opened fire on the unarmed, now deceased, young man–were identified by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as seven-year police veterans Dustin Schwarze and Mark Ringgenberg, ABC News reported. Asked for his reaction to the protests, Dayton said: “The No. 1 priority is peace.” He asked those who are grieving to behave in ways that don’t cause damage to people’s lives and safety. “I just pray that we will be able to get through this terrible, terrible time, all of us together, in a way that only strengthens or overall Minnesota community,” he said. Police said they were responding to an assault call Sunday in which Clark was a suspect when they arrived to find Clark interfering with paramedics trying to treat the injured woman.

The activists were advised that the public is welcome to attend City Council meetings, but rules require those in attendance to refrain from disruptions.

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